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Duff McKagan: Green Day Singer Was Ready to Handle Vocals at Rock Hall Performance

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a night of celebration for the attending members of Guns N’ Roses, but Duff McKagan says that after having some separation from the big night, he’s also a little sad about how things went down with his onetime group.

The bassist says in his Seattle Weekly blog, “Watching that HBO special made me sad — for the very first time perhaps — that the original GNR didn’t somehow stay together. It would have been a miracle if we did. If I’d known then what I know now, I would have done my part to try and rid that band of the caustic resentments and outside inputs that finally wore us down to a nub from what we once were, and what we could have come back from. Alas, it just wasn’t in the cards.”

McKagan reflected on what it meant to be inducted with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band they opened for a few times in their Los Angeles-based early years, and the Beastie Boys, a group he calls “the hardcore East Coast counterpart to what we were oozing over on the West Coast.” Duff says there were even rumors at one point of them and the Beasties brawling against each other at a club, but he marks that up to testosterone.

The bassist says he was awestruck at the reaction not only of the fans, but also their peers as they went into the Rock Hall. He also reveals that a plan was in place for Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, who inducted the group, to sing whatever was needed if needed. In the end, a last minute decision was made to get Slash’s solo band vocalist Myles Kennedy and former GN’R guitarist Gilby Clarke to join the festivities, but Armstrong was prepared to step in.

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