It was a reference to his joining the project led by Mark Lanegan and the Afghan Whigs‘ Greg Dulli on what was the second of three benefit shows for longtime Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers, and Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser, who was recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. While it was clear the Guns N’ Roses bassist would be playing with the G-Twins in some capacity during the show at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, few thought that there’d be a ripping through of the Appetite for Destruction classic “It’s So Easy.”
Check out the clip below, in which McKagan, Dulli and Lanegan — all on vocals — absolutely nail it.
McKagan also joined the band for a rendition of Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” a track GnR first took on for the 1993 covers album The Spaghetti Incident?, and one that Duff has been doing during his solo spot on Guns’ current Not in This Lifetime… reunion tour.
Last night’s show was headlined by Eagles of Death Metal and also had Josh Homme on the bill. Tonight, for the final benefit gig, also at the Teragram, the Afghan Whigs will perform their 1996 album Black Love in full, which they also did last Saturday in New Orleans, along with debuting three new tracks from their forthcoming LP, due out this spring. Lanegan, Moby and Carina Round will also be appearing.