Duff McKagan Loaded

Former Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan already has his own column in the Seattle Weekly, and now, the musician is branching out and interviewing bands for the publication. McKagan’s latest interview is with none other than Jack White, who is currently out on the road, promoting his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.

If you catch White’s current tour, you’ll notice he has two bands with him on the road: one consisting of all female players, and the other one made up of all male musicians. White explained that he purposely wanted to take along an interesting mix of musicians so his shows wouldn’t be a “nostalgia trip.”

“If it’s a White Stripes song, for example, that people are hearing, I don’t want to recreate something that a two-piece band did with six people in some really regular, perfunctory way, or a nostalgic way,” White told McKagan in Seattle Weekly. “So it’s a way for me to shake things up for myself so it stays really alive onstage, not just trying to recreate some moment from 10 years ago.”

White also explained that the musicians he has out on the road all contributed to Blunderbuss. “The new songs of mine were done with these new musicians, so that was the lucky part,” he said. “I could take all of them with me on the road. It’s very expensive, but I’m getting a lot out of it.”