Duff McKagan Thought Guns N’ Roses Were Over When Axl Rose Broke Foot
The incident took place at the band’s warm-up show on April 1, 2016, at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, just ahead of a 21-date tour that was continually extended until it finally wound down in December 2018. Rose managed to avoid canceling performances with the help of Dave Grohl, who lent him the throne he built after suffering a similar injury the previous year.
“We had a wonderful, amazing two-and-a-half-year tour we just did, and it ended on such a high note, and it was overwhelming how many people came to see those shows. We played 159 shows,” McKagan told The Rich Eisen Show. “We played the Troubadour … and Axl broke his foot, like, third song in, and I thought, ‘Well, we've got this one show under our belt. We did this thing.’
“And he wanted to continue on. He was, like, 'This isn't gonna stop me.' We played a bunch of shows with him in a cast in a chair, and we just went through so many revelations of things and ended that on a high note. And that's where we're still at.”
You can watch the full interview below.
In another recent interview, McKagan discussed the possibility of new Guns N’ Roses material, saying Rose had revealed some “magnificent” and “really cool stuff.” He refused to go into any detail, though.
Asked if he had any update to offer, he said, "I will say things are very positive in that world. I did say something about it in an interview. People are super interested in that, and I understand why. I do like the mystique factor of the band, and I shall keep it there. But things are positive. … Things are great.”
McKagan will release a new solo album, Tenderness, on May 31.