RockAAA conducted an interview with Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED) at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which is being held June 10-12, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
During the chat, McKagan revealed that he hoped to join forces with his former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate Izzy Stradlin for a tour later this year. He said: “It would be, it will be, really fun to go to South America and the U.K. with LOADED and Izzy to do a tour together. He and I have talked about it and it’d be great. At the end we’d do some songs together like ‘Dust N’ Bones’ and ‘Pretty Tied Up’ or whatever. It would be really cool.”
“The Taking”, the new album from DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED, sold 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The group’s previous album, “Sick”, opened with around 1,400 units back in April 2009 to debut at No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
Released on April 19 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, “The Taking” was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA, DEFTONES). Two tracks from “The Taking”, were previously made available digitally. Anthemic rocker “We Win” was played during the World Series and riled up football fans for McKagan‘s hometown Seattle Seahawks. “Fight On” draws inspiration from our military veterans, and proceeds from these downloads go exclusively to the Puget Sound Healthcare System.