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Duff McKagan talks Guns & Roses, Jane’s Addiction and his latest band Walking Papers with Jay Mohr

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Hard to believe Duff McKagan’s been the bass player for Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and Jane’s Addiction! And he’s still writing new music & jetting the globe… Love it!

Duff’s Seattle sound, his latest project Walking Papers, features himself, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, Missionary Position vocalist Jeff Angell and keys player Benjamin Anderson.

Currently in the UK & Ireland on tour and for Download Festival, McKagan recently caught up with Fake Mustache Studios’ podcast mogul & comedian Jay Mohr on one of my favourite podcasts, Mohr Stories. With a mixture in-depth, deep discussion, hilarious banter and an audience over 250,000 downloads a month, Jay Mohr’s fascinating, frank tête-à-têtes with the stars includes the likes of Josh Homme, Charlie Sheen, Barry Katz, David Lee Roth & more. In this Mohr Stories episode, Duff recounts stories from his days with the GnFnRs, randomly bumping into Axl Rose into a London hotel years later and the beginnings of his new band.

Walking Papers self-titled debut album is due out on August 6th.

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Stone Temple Pilots’ kickASS new sound joined by Linkin Park frontman!

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Stone Temple Pilots

WWWWWWOW! Stone Temple Pilots are …BACK!!!!! And my ears are melting with sheer ecstacy!

Following the axing of Scott Weiland, Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington was invited by STP to hit the stage & studio with them and this is the result… A bangin’, higher-energy, old school 80s Jane’s Addiction-style rock sound of a kickASS band that I barely recognise.. and I LIKE it!

Bennington joined the Californian rockers for a surprise set at iconic L.A. radio KROQ’s Weenie Roastaround concert, smashing out some of the band’s biggest hits including “Vasoline”, “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song” and revealed STP’s latest single “Out of Time”.

“I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me,” says Bennington (via Stone Temple Pilots’ website). “When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance.  The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”

And the feelings of love are mutual according to band guitarist Dean DeLeo “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”

On 2nd, 3rd and 4th listens, more and more I felt like I was listening to vocals reminiscent of the ghost of Alice In Chains‘ lead singer, Layne Staley. It’s amazing what changing just one key band member can bring to a band, but with Bennington being super busy with his #1 project, Linkin Park, it remains to be seen whether they will all continue to work together.

I hope they do! This shit’s like ear candy! More please!

Listen to Stone Temple Pilots – ‘Out of Time’ below & DOWNLOAD IT FREE via the STP website

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360 joins Lollapalooza 2013 line-up

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360 has just been announced to join Lollapalooza 2013 line-up.

The profile Australian rapper who polarizes audiences with his outspoken voice on social media, announces the news on the back of a string of recent North American performances including South-By-South-West and Canadian Music Week. With the ever-present debate on whether Australian hip hop can crack the US market, this is a surely a massive thumbs up and a step in the right direction from this internationally-renown festival.

Conceived in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza was created as a farewell tour for his band and has now grown to boast festival dates in Chicago, Brazil and Chile.

360 joins the likes of The Cure, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Queens of the Stone Age, Grizzly Bear, Crystal Castles, Lana Del Rey and so many more in Chicago on August 2-4.

Whether you like him or hate, Matt Colwell (AKA 360) is an amazing live performer and it appears he’s destined for even bigger things to come!

Click here for the full Lollapalooza line-up

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