Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is kicking off a solo tour for his new album Tenderness, and he said in a new Metro interview that he isn’t worried at all about the risks of a new solo tour, even admitting that he took playing to very small crowds with Walking Papers a few years ago in stride.
He vowed he has ‘nothing to be nervous about’ by getting back on the road without his Guns N’ Roses bandmates – after spending the last two years on stage with them. “I’m excited about it,” he continued. “I mean, I’ve played every s***hole, every huge place and every place in between. All in the last 10 years. When I was with the Walking Papers and we played every s***hole, and played great gigs and played gigs somewhere nobody knew we were playing, so three people showed up.
It’s all about the show, and it doesn’t matter how you get there, how many people are there… Those three people that came to that show were f***ing stoked. And that’s all I’m really concerned about. You’re playing for those people. And I think this will do better than three people at the show, but I’m not nervous about that.”
Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan tweeted about McKagan, “@DuffMcKagan is one of the earths finest people and one of the worlds great musicians. am proud to have him as friend.”
McKagan responded, “The feeling is mutual bro…”