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Guns N’ Roses Hint At Duff McKagan Rejoining Band

Guns N’ Roses released their official Christmas card yesterday on their official Facebook page. Interestingly enough, Duff McKagan is featured on the card in the midst of rumors of either a reunion of Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup, or McKagan and Slash rejoining the band.

Also featured in the card is MSL, a noted Guns N’ Roses fan who leaked tracks from Chinese Democracy several years back. MSL is shown just above Axl Rose’s Santa hat, he is the guy with the beard. GNR later deleted the photo.

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Eddie Trunk recently posted a new blog where he reveals that Guns N’ Roses reunion talks have been going on over the last year.

“I have said for years I think one day some sort of reunion will happen. Why? Because it’s too big not to, the members are still relatively young, and the money is way too attractive to ignore. The main reason I would like to see it is because as a lifelong promoter of rock and metal it would give our genre a shot in the arm. I do believe and have been told by very reliable sources over the last year or so that indeed there have been talks. But “talks” can go several ways as we all know and have seen. Promoters can and sometimes do make offers for bands and tours not currently formed. Hoping the amount of money makes the bands reunite. Zeppelin, Floyd, etc. I have personally been asked to make offers to the guys in Skid Row to reunite by promoters half a dozen times over the years. Offers happen all the time, putting the pieces in place to make tours happen, not so much. Ego, politics, control, money, merch, control of the name and brand, all play a part. Factor in that when a band splits all the members now have their own managers and agents who must then negotiate. So I think 100% there are talks and hopes of doing something with GnR. How close they are or if they actually happen is anyone’s guess. It could be tomorrow, it could be in five years, it could be never. Unless you are on the very inside with lawyers, agents and managers you just don’t know. And with how volatile this stuff can be it could have been set and pulled off the table five times already for all we know.

Here’s where the fans can’t be blamed for speculation; there has been no announcement from any source that this ISN’T happening! To end this all that would need to happen is Slash, Duff, or Axl put out a statement saying this is not happening and they are staying on their current paths. They would have to be on another planet to not know it’s being talked about everywhere. But if Axl came out tomorrow and said “I have a new lineup, here are my new guys replacing Bumble and DJ, here’s what we are doing” , it would all be over. A statement from anyone killing it will stop all the madness. But since that has not happened you can’t blame any fan who wants this for dreaming. And it likely means there are still talks ongoing. So the speculation and rumors will continue until we get an announcement saying one thing or the other.”

Scott Weiland’s Kids Do Not Attend Funeral, Slash & Duff McKagan Give Eulogies

About 50 people attended Scott Weiland’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary last Thursday, including his former Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots bandmates. Slash, Duff McKagan, Dave Navarro, Rocco Guarino, Jamie Weiland (Scott’s widow), and Tom Vitorino (Scott’s manager) spoke at the funeral. The funeral had a very rock and roll vibe, with lots of leather and messy hair. There were a couple of beautiful slide shows with music.

Scott Weiland’s ex-wife Mary and teenage children Noah and Lucy did not attend the funeral, but they did remember Scott with their own memorial.

Chris Kushner, the wife of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, discussed the service on Instagram.

“A very sad day when u bury a friend. He was a good man. Don’t believe everything u read. Remember, we were all there.
#velvetrelvolver @slash #officialduffmckagan @davekushner @bigdrums #scottweiland @susanholmesmckagan @aceharper #ripscottweiland”

She later commented, “It was filled w/ love and funny beautiful stories about Scott ”

kodachromegirl commented, “It was really a beautiful service. Good seeing you. Nothing will ever extinguish the way he lit up the stage. I hope he has the found peace he deserves.”

Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo commented, “He was more than a good man, he was Human…RIP Scotty.”

Velvet Revolver released the following statement following Weiland’s death:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave

Stone Temple Pilots released the following statement:

Dear Scott,

Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.

Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.

The memories are many, and they run deep for us.

We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.

It’s what made you who you were.

You were gifted beyond words, Scott.

Part of that gift was part of your curse.

With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.

All of our love and respect.

We will miss you brother,

Robert, Eric, Dean

Axl Rose, Slash & Duff McKagan To Release Guns N’ Roses Slot Machine

A Guns N’ Roses slot machine will be released in January 2016, MVideoSlots reports. The only featured members are Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan, which is interesting with the recent rumors that they may be the only original members in the Guns N’ Roses reunion.

The Guns N’ Roses slot is coming. And most of us already know this. But nobody knew when is the official release date till just now. NetEnt has released the official Guns N’ Roses video slot teaser. Prepare your ears — the rock band themed slot is released on 21st January 2016.

Here’s a quick teaser, from the Appetite for Destruction Wild to the Crowd Pleaser Bonus.

Did you watch the video? The slot’s certainly worth the wait, isn’t it?

I’ve talked about the Guns N Roses mobile slot about a month ago. You can read the article here.

To recap, the upcoming launch ceremony was held during the ICE Totally Gaming Conference in February 2015. There the CEO of NetEnt Per Eriksson, showed the online slot teaser and even revealed an authentic electric guitar signed by both Slash and Axl Rose.

There are rumours that it’ll be up for grabs when the slot is released.

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That and everything else that came with the show created a lot of hype around the game, which lasts to this date.

But now that the Guns N Roses video is out, it reveals many of the features and bonuses that are part of the slot.

Let’s check them out up close, on by one.

Guns N’ Roses choose your favourite track.

From ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ to ‘Chinese Democracy’

First of all, the highly anticipated Guns N’ Roses slot isn’t without the American hard rock band’s track list.

As you play, you can apparently choose your set list that includes mega hits like ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’, ‘Paradise City’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Chinese Democracy’.

Want to listen to the songs while you read this?

See the Spotify play buttons on the right (if you’re using a laptop). If you’re on a mobile then scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find the same widgets, and press Play.

To the features now…

Guns N’ Roses Expanding Wilds in the main game.

Stacked Logo Wilds in the Base Game

The Guns N’ Roses slot comes with lots of base game features. And one of such bonuses is the Expanding Wild, like in the Ariana slot.

It appears to apply to all of the 5 reels. So every time you get at least one Guns N’ Roses video slot logo Wild on the reel, it expands to cover all 3 symbol positions on that reel.

And if you trigger them on multiple reels in one spin, then I’m sure you can even expect some ‘Mega Win!’ or ‘Super Mega Win!’ celebrations as a result.

Alright, so what’s next?

Guns N’ Roses Random Multiplier up to x10.

Guns N’ Roses Slot Solo Multiplier

The main game is further enhanced with a random multiplier feature called Solo Multiplier.

Win up to x10 the total win just like that, when you least expect it.

Now, my personal favourite.

Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction cross-style Wild.

The Biggest Wilds of them All – The Appetite for Destruction Wild

This is an absolute killer, and it’s part of a base game too.

What is the Appetite for Destruction Wild anyway?

It’s a massive cross-shaped Wild symbol that covers 5 symbol positions. What’s more, it appears only on the 3 middle reels (reel 2, 3 and 4).

Like we see in the Guns N’ Roses slot video, it’s also activated randomly. More specifically, players get a chance to land the entire symbol right in the middle of the reel-set.

Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction Mega Wilds.

Since it practically guarantees a massive win, it doesn’t appear as often as, nor will it land right in the middle like we all want it to. But you never know till you try.

Oh, and the standard Expanding Wild symbols can also appear when the Appetite for Destruction Wild feature is on, for even crazier returns.

Yep, there’s still more.

Guns N’ Roses Multi-Award Bonus Wheel.

Legend Spins or the Multi-Award Bonus Wheel

The Guns n Roses slot also features the very promising Legend Spins feature.

Not sure whether it’s also activated at random (which it seems to be from the video), but your mission is clear.

Spin the wheel of fortune to win one of the many prizes. That includes instant wins that go up to 3,000 coins, and both the Crowd Pleaser or the Encore Free Spins bonuses.

As I see it, the wheel is the only medium through which you can trigger the free spins or the picking feature.

What’s the Pick Me-style feature’s all about?

Guns N’ Roses Crowd Pleaser picking bonus.

The Crowd Pleaser Pick Me Bonus Game

To make it clear from the start, this is not an ordinary boring picking feature. The Scandinavian developer included the Crowd Meter and Free Spins meter on the sides, for a reason.

You have 3 picks and start at Level 1. All you have to do is please the crowd to win multipliers and collect Free Spins along the way. Plus, you win coins as a bonus too.

Therefore, select the guitars, drums, whistles and microphones carefully, with each turn.

And there’s still even more.

Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose Stacked Wilds.

Guns N’ Roses Encore Free Spins Bonus

Again, this isn’t a traditional Free Games feature. Net Entertainment has enhanced it with random Wild Reels that appear throughout the freebies.

Watch as Axl Rose or Slash cover the entire reel position at random for HUGE wins.

That should be it!

Guns N’ Roses Slash Stacked Wilds.

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So what do you think?

The Guns N’ Roses onlines slot has 3 base game features, plus a bonus wheel that gives access to the other 2, or awards a coin prize.

And as you enjoy all that there’s a track list that you can listen to, featuring 5 of the most popular songs.

Well, it’s not going to be released this year (as speculated), so we still need to wait a little more. Do you have the patience?

Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden & Mad Season Members Jam For Jimmy Page

Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) performed together at a Jimmy Page tribute gig last night in Seattle. You can view photos of the rehearsal for the performance, and the performance itself below, including a photo of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Alice In Chains singer William DuVall with Jimmy Page. Novoselic also shared photos with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily filmed video of the performance, and was also photographed.

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Barrett Martin posted about the show on Facebook a few weeks ago: “The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.”

Barrett also posted about the terrorist attack in Paris on Facebook earlier this week, “I love my city, Seattle, and I love Paris, a city I’ve visited and played music in many times. Today our Space Needle flew the French Tricolour and I couldn’t be more proud. Cities like ours, where music, art, and freedom are allowed to flourish, are bonded to each other in a sacred way. We love you France, we will be there for you, just as you have been there for us.”

Duff McKagan Hints At Guns N’ Roses Reunion?

We may be reaching here, but Duff McKagan has tweeted a photo of himself preparing for an upcoming Jimmy Page tribute concert, and in clear view is a framed Guns N’ Roses Rolling Stone magazine cover. While it could be coincidental, it does show that Duff has positive feelings about the original Guns N’ Roses lineup.

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According to Barrett Martin’s Facebook page, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses and himself will be performing at Seattle’s Experience Music Project to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock n roll innovator Jimmy Page. Martin’s post reads:

The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.

Martin and McKagan have particularly been involved a lot lately, doing multiple shows together as a rhythm section, including Mad Season reunions including one with Mike McCready and Chris Cornell earlier this year.

In our exclusive interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, he discussed the existence of certain unreleased Mad Season material:

I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the songs, they’re out there right now. We listen to them sometimes, but they may morph into something different that isn’t Mad Season, but we’re not sure yet. It depends on when we have the time, and the interest. We’ve been trying to do stuff with them, but hit a roadblock here and there, except for the Mark Lanegan stuff.

Duff McKagan’s Wife Responds To Guns N’ Roses Reunion Rumors

Duff McKagan’s wife Susan Holmes McKagan and Brandi Glanville were recently interviewed, and Brandi, a friend of Susan, proclaimed: ‘Guns N’ Roses is coming back motherfuckers!’ In response, McKagan exclaims: ‘Wooo!’ Despite McKagan’s vague response, it is telling that her friend would mention GNR is coming back right next to her.

McKagan also posted the following photo on Instagram a little over a week ago.

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I conducted an in-depth interview with former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland last night for Alternative Nation that will be posted in its entirety on Monday, and during the interview Weiland said he thinks the original Guns N’ Roses lineup will reunite. When I asked him about his feud with Axl Rose in 2006 amidst rumors at the time of a Guns N’ Roses reunion, Weiland had some interesting comments for Alternative Nation.

“I remember a little bit about it. There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N’ Roses are getting back together.”

When I pressed Weiland on how he knew, he responded: “I just heard that.”

“We’ve heard rumors,” Weiland’s Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black added.

Weiland praised Slash’s starpower. “I think Slash is actually a bigger star right now than Axl.” Tommy Black called Slash a ‘brand.’ Weiland said, “He’s the hat.”

I also asked Weiland why he claimed Velvet Revolver were reuniting for a new album and tour in 2012, and he blamed Slash’s ex-wife for the reunion not happening following the band’s one off benefit show for John O’Brien.

“Because we did a show together, and there was talk about us getting back together, but Perla, Slash’s ex-wife, kind of put the kibosh on everything.”

“As far as getting back together, I thought at the time we would get back together and do a tour.”

Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & GNR Members To Honor Jimmy Page

According to Barrett Martin’s Facebook page, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses and himself will be performing at Seattle’s Experience Music Project to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock n roll innovator Jimmy Page. Martin’s post reads:

The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.

Martin and McKagan have particularly been involved a lot lately, doing multiple shows together as a rhythm section, including Mad Season reunions including one with Mike McCready and Chris Cornell earlier this year.

In our exclusive interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, he discussed the existence of certain unreleased Mad Season material:

I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the songs, they’re out there right now. We listen to them sometimes, but they may morph into something different that isn’t Mad Season, but we’re not sure yet. It depends on when we have the time, and the interest. We’ve been trying to do stuff with them, but hit a roadblock here and there, except for the Mark Lanegan stuff.

 

Guns N’ Roses’ Slash & Duff McKagan Reunite To Play “It’s So Easy”

Founding Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan reunited at a benefit over the weekend for Wonderland Elementary School over the weekend to perform “It’s So Easy.” The pair were joined by their Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner, Franky Perez, and Bill Burr, and also covered AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson discussed walking away from the band and his thoughts on a possible original Guns N’ Roses lineup reunion in a recent interview with The Current.

“The back story on that, I don’t really want to talk about on air. ‘Cause what happened with it, it has nothing to do with Axl or any of that stuff; it had more to do with my personal situation,” he said. “Basically, I played my last gig in Las Vegas with them and had to come home and tend to that the best I could while Replacements [reunion shows] were kinda being offered up. And I, you know, I sort of… I don’t know. I think that… My guess is…that, at some point, someone’s gonna call me and tell me what’s up with that. ‘Cause we all left… We’ve left on friendly terms— it wasn’t like a bad thing. But another guitar player, DJ Ashba, I think he ‘officially’ quit to do something but, you know, I just… I had to walk away and take care of my stuff so. Taking care of my stuff; whatever my stuff is.”

“I’ll be perfectly honest with you, man. I hope they do [reunite] because, you know, when you go back to where you started from and just check that out, and feel that for a moment after you’ve gone on and done all these other things, you know, there’s a reward that comes with that, and I had that with the [Replacements] stuff… It’s a good thing; it’s a good thing to do once in a while. And I hope it works out for ’em — if it actually happens.”

Watch Pearl Jam, Mad Season, GNR & Mudhoney Members’ Stooges Tribute

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Mark Arm (Mudhoney) performed songs from the catalog of punk pioneer Iggy Pop and his genre-defining band the Stooges on the Pike Place Market rooftop in Seattle yesterday for the Raw Power: A Tribute To The Stooges concert. Ticket sales benefited the Pike Place Market Foundation’s Pike Up! Capital Campaign. The Raw Power tribute drew a massive crowd, you can watch the epic show and see the setlist below!

Setlist:
Little Doll
T.V. Eye
I Got A Right
I Need Somebody
Down on the Street
Search & Destroy
Loose





Last week, KEXP posted articles spotlighting the performers for Raw Power KEXP, Below are excerpts from their short interviews with Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver).

Mike McCready:

“I first discovered Iggy and the Stooges around 1982 when I was at a party in the U District that members of Shadow, Green River, and Overlord were all at.

I was aware of Iggy because of my love of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. That party was the first time I heard the first side of Raw Power. Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound.”

Mark Arm:

“I got into The Stooges shortly after I immersed myself in punk rock. I was trying to figure out where this exciting new music came from and all roads led back to The Stooges.”

Duff McKagan:

“In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

Barrett Martin:

“I discovered the Stooges when I was a kid in the ‘70s because my aunt (the rock & roll aunt everyone should have) was playing me records by The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John, and The Stooges got mixed in there, too. I liked the rawness of The Stooges the best, although no one called it punk rock back then, it was too early for that term.”

Jerry Cantrell, Chris Cornell & Duff McKagan Talk Seattle Music and Seahawks With NFL

In anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII, NFL.com has interviewed famous Seattle residents to discuss their city’s music scene, food, sports teams, and more. Among the Seattle natives were Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and Guns N’ Roses/Walking Papers’ Duff McKagan.

Cornell sat down with chef Mario Batali to discuss Seattle’s music sound, food scene, as well as the Seattle Seahawks. Cantrell and McKagan sat down to talk about the do-it-yourself attitude of Seattle and the inspiration that the Seahawks have given McKagan’s life. Watch the videos below or on NFL.com.

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Mike McCready, Mark Lanegan, Greg Dulli, And More Read Chapters On Upcoming Audiobook

(above) Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli will each read a chapter on the audiobook.

An upcoming audiobook for the novel In Case We Die by Danny Bland will feature the voices of several musicians from the 1990s alternative rock scene. The artists include Mike McCready, Mark Lanegan, Greg Dulli, Mark Arm, and Duff McKagan. A portion of the audiobook proceeds will go to the MusiCares foundation, which provides sobriety resources to musicians.

Other individuals involved include Marc Maron, Damien Echols, and Tom Hansen, author of ‘American Junkie’ and former drug dealer to Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and Mark Lanegan.  Each person will read at least one chapter of the novel on the audiobook. According to the audiobook’s official site, “every incredible artist, actor, musician, poet and artist who recorded a chapter donated their time and talent.”

The novel, written by former bassist of Seattle’s Cat Butt, Danny Bland, “follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early-’90s Seattle.” In Case We Die is set for release on September 1, 2013.

In the meantime, you can pre-order and hear previews of the audiobook here.