The paperback release of Duff McKagan’s autobiography ‘It’s So Easy: and Other Lies, is happening on March 20th, and Duff talked to Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene to promote the book and discuss Guns N’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony next month.
You’re going to Cleveland next month for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do you know what’s going to happen?
I don’t. I know I’m going to go. I can’t, at all, speak for anybody else. And won’t. I’ll be there with bells on. 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.
What I found out when we got nominated is that there’s just a shit 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.
Do you hope the band is going to reunite and play?
I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That’s a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams 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.
There’s been no communication about anyone playing. 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.
I’ve heard that Axl is going. Do you think that Izzy will go?
I don’t know. You’d have to ask him. It would be great if Izzy went, but I don’t really know. I don’t know if he’s into that whole kind of thing with cameras and all that stuff.
Duff discusses Velvet Revolver, his band Loaded’s recent opening gig for Guns N’ Roses, and of course his great book, that you should read if you haven’t done so yet. Read the rest of the interview here: www.rollingstone.com