The Walking Papers lets Duff McKagan check off another entry on his musical bucket list.
McKagan has certainly made his mark with tenures in Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, as well as leading his own band Loaded, but Walking Papers hooks him up with Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and the Missionary Position's Jeff Angell -- a long-held desire.
"Jeff is a guy I've known since about '99," says McKagan, 49. "He's a guy that everybody in Seattle knows about and has thought should be the next big whatever. He came and tried out for Velvet Revolver before Scott (Weiland) so I've been close to him for awhile."
"When Jeff and Barrett started putting some of these (Walking Papers) songs together, Jeff called me and said 'Would you come up and play bass on some songs' and one thing led to another after that. It happened in kind of a right way; it wasn't like a pre-planned, 'We're gonna put a group together' thing."
Walking Papers -- which also includes Missionary Position's Benjamin Anderson on keyboardist -- released its self-title debut earlier this month, with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready guesting on some tracks. Meanwhile, the group has also continued writing and has more than 20 new songs, according to McKagan, which he describes as "a little bigger, because when you write with a band it's always bigger than if one guy sits down and writes a song. It's just progressing."
Walking Papers isn't the only all-star group on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour; it's headlining one of the second stages, while Dead Daisies -- which features current and former members of Guns N' Roses, INXS, Filter, Thin Lizzy, nine inch nails ad more and released its debut album this month as well -- closes the other.
The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, with Alice in Jane's, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, Dead Daisies and more, takes place Saturday, Aug. 24, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 and $29.50 pavilion, $19 lawn with a $60 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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