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Duff McKagan Doesn’t Know if Guns N’ Roses Will Perform at Hall of Fame Induction

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Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan doesn’t know what’s going to happen next month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. While tongues are wagging over whether or not GN’R will take up their instruments to celebrate this major accolade, the musician maintains that he can only speak for himself, saying that he’ll be there with bells on and that he’s not “that guy” who rallies the troops anymore.

McKagan, who will release the paperback edition of his autobiography ‘It’s So Easy: and Other Lies’ on March 20, spoke to RollingStone.com about several topics where uncertainty abounds, like who will sing for his other band Velvet Revolver. But obviously, the Hall of Fame question grabs the lion’s share of curiosity.

“I know I’m going to go,” he declared. “I can’t, at all, speak for anybody else. And won’t. I’ll be there with bells on.”

Even though he’s attending, McKagan said it’s more about the fans than anything else. He said, “Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that important to me? No. Is it something I’ve aspired towards? No. It’s not sports. You get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, that’s bad ass. But that’s a competitive sport. You have stats. Look, we were a good band – but there were a lot of good bands. A lot of people liked our band, eventually. And that’s kick ass.”

That’s modest and humble, isn’t it? The bassist continued,”What I found out when we got nominated is that there’s just a s— ton of fans around the world who are really psyched. In that case, it’s more about them and the people that believed in us and bought our records and came and saw us. Imagine that? All those people believing in our band – a thing we created out of thin air. That part of it is an honor. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an institution? I really don’t know much about it.”

Well, the fans are more than enough reason to play some songs. Even Axl Rose alluded to the same sentiment when he discussed the induction ceremony. Still, the fact that all the members, including Slash, have expressed that there have been no discussions or plans, is worrisome. But then again, maybe it doesn’t require a whole lot of preparation. It’s not like Duff or Slash or guitarist Izzy Stradlin forgot how to play ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ Maybe impromptu and spontaneous is what they want. Or maybe they’re just being tight-lipped?

Nevertheless, McKagan thinks that getting on stage and playing “would be killer.” That doesn’t mean he hopes to. “That’s a tricky question,” he commented. “It would be awesome. You have those daydreams like we’ll go up and play ‘Nightrain’ and ‘Brownstone’ and throw down the microphone and drop off! That’ll be killer!’ But I doubt that’ll happen.”

The bassist’s doubts arise form the aforementioned lack of discussion about the matter. “There’s been no communication about anyone playing,” he admitted. “There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I’m just not that guy anymore. It’s too frustrating to change anyone else. I’m not even sure I’d want to change how anyone else sees a situation. But I’m going.”

McKagan also questioned if Stradlin will attend, since a flashy event is not his bag.

Regarding matters besides GN’R, he confirmed that Scott Weiland will not rejoin Velvet Revolver despite the charity one off gig that they played. “I don’t even want to try and guess anymore,” he said about the band. “Who knows what’s gonna happen? I’m cool with anything, and if it feels right at the time, it’ll be the thing to do and we’ll talk about it then.”

Duff certainly manages to live with a lot of uncertainty, doesn’t he?

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