Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin Are Working on a New Album
The duo recently collaborated on a new song, "How to Be a Man," which serves as the title track to an EP McKagan released concurrently with his latest book, a collection of essays titled How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions). According to McKagan, he and Stradlin fell back together naturally.
"We were talking on the phone, and [Stradlin] said, ‘Let’s go record a song," McKagan recalled earlier this year. Asked whether they'd be up for more music, he was positive yet noncommittal, saying, "We’ll probably do it some more. We’re gonna maybe record some more. But we just enjoy making music together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re allowed to do that."
Stradlin, whose latest solo effort is 2010's Wave of Heat LP, has stayed mostly under the radar lately, though he and McKagan have both played stray shows with Guns N' Roses at various points in recent years. Details of the new project are still unclear, but during a recent conversation with Classic Rock Magazine, McKagan made it clear he'd be content to continue working with Stradlin indefinitely.
"I really trust whatever he does. If he says, ‘I’ve got a part,’ I know he’s got a part. It’s not like, ‘Let me hear it.’ It’s like, ‘He’s got the part. Good – that’s taken care of,'" he explained. "I’d like to do more music with him. For the rest of my life."
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