McKagan’s Roses Reunion Wasn’t Planned

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October 22, 2010 | 7:40am EST

Duff Mckagan has opened up about his surprise appearance with Guns N’ Roses on stage in London last week – revealing the reunion came about after he accidentally checked into the same hotel as his former band.
The bassist quit the group in 1997 and stunned fans at London’s O2 Arena last Thursday night by appearing onstage and playing with the group for the first time since his departure.

The rocker now admits the reunion came about after he happened to book a room at the same London hotel as his former bandmate Axl Rose on the day of the gig.

He tells Seattle, Washington radio station KISW 99.9 FM, “I got to London last Thursday. I was there on separate business… I checked into the hotel in London I stay at all the time… I had no idea Axl and Guns N’ Roses were in London… So we’re going up the elevator and (the hotel manager) said, ‘You know, Axl is in the room next to us.’…

“The word (was) out I (was) in the hotel… Axl and I just sort of met up, we saw each other and we hugged. I went down to the gig with him… (We) had a nice talk…”

McKagan went to the concert with the band and was stunned when a member of the crew handed him a bass guitar and told him to get out on stage.

He says, “The show is going on and I’m watching it. And somebody comes over with a bass… Now, I haven’t played (the band’s track) You Could Be Mine since 1993… I was, like, ‘Oh, God. OK, I can play it. I think I remember it.'”

But McKagan’s return nearly ended in disaster when he forgot part of the tune and had to turn to current Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal for help.

He adds, “I’d forgotten the second part of the bridge, and I had to look at his guitar neck, to see where the next guitar chord was. But, yeah, it was fun. I had a great time.”

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