|Duff was recently interviewed by the Albuquerque Tribune. In the interview he talks about Ozzfest, the band's next album and their live shows:
The following is Duff talking about Matt's injury:
"Matt broke his pinkie water skiing; he's having surgery today," McKagan says matter-of-factly. "I mean, we're all kind of extreme guys. We like to do extreme things; it could've happened to any of us. We've been off four weeks; we're into jet skiing and motorbiking, things like that."
McKagan had an accident in January that could've delayed the band's foray through North America. But the trouper was able to just soldier on.
"Like right before the U.S. tour began, I cut myself and had stitches on my index finger right on the part I play with," he says. "I was able to make it through the whole tour, though."
Velvet Revolver was scheduled to resume its U.S. tour during the second week of August. Sorum's accident forced a change of drummers, not necessarily plans.
"We got Brian Tichy playing with us; he's Billy Idol's drummer," McKagan says. "We're rehearsing right now so he can learn the songs. He's doing at least seven gigs with us."
He also talks a bit about GN'R:
What was interesting for most observers was the sudden demise of Guns N' Roses: its rapid descent after a meteoric rise. Does McKagan have any qualms or harbor any recrimination about how it ended?
"I have no regrets at all," he says, seemingly eager to set the record straight. "I mean, we were five guys who were street urchins who believed in our songs. And we did it with no compromise. We started out playing punk-rock dives and ended up playing stadiums five years later.
"With Guns, I had nothing or nobody to come home to. I was like, `Put me on the road for 2 years; it's cool,' " says the married father of two girls. "I didn't like the way it ended, but I'm a half-full kind of guy; no regrets."
The full interview is available here.