In a new WRIF interview, Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan discussed the influence that Prince had on his musical career as well as the friendships he had with late rock icons, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. He discussed Chris Cornell after the host mentioned eerily being at Cornell’s final Soundgarden show in Detroit. Alternative Nation transcribed McKagan’s comments below:
Host: Now you just brought up something with Scott Weiland and Chester (Bennington). I was at that last Soundgarden show and stuff.
Duff: Ohhh yeah.
Host: Right here in Detroit, how did those deaths affect you? I mean, obviously, you know these guys personally. Can you talk a little bit about that?
He discussed Scott Weiland, but he later discussed Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.
Duff: Prince has been kind of this huge deity in my musical life. You wouldn’t be able to tell by me playing but we all have that person, or [in this case] musician that we kind of touch on, and Prince was that for me. Prince dying, completely unexpected for me and Chris Cornell as well.
I got stories about all of these people. [Chris Cornell’s ex-wife and my wife] were pregnant at the same time, they had the kids [Lily and Grace] two weeks apart. They hung out a lot when our girls were small and I’ve known him since I was a teenager. A lot of this came as we were on the road. With Chester, my wife and I were friends with him, his wife and his kids. The song ‘Feel’ came as a collective, it wrote itself it about three minutes. It was kind of this sigh of loss and remembrance and I don’t mention any of the names in any of the song.