DUFF MCKAGAN has split from JANE’s ADDICTION, five months after joining the band. Reuters reports PERRY FARRELL, DAVE NAVARRO and STEPHEN PERKINS issued a statement via e-mail, thanking McKagan for helping them write songs. The group e-mail stated, “We love the songs we worked on with him -– and the gigs were a blast -– but musically we were headed in a different direction. From here, Duff is off to work on his own stuff so we wish him all the best.”
In a Twitter posting, Farrell wrote, “Jane’s wishes Duff much luck with his band LOADED. What a fun time we all had working together. Look out for his record and tour this fall.” Blabbermouth.net reports Loaded recently finished recording its new album at a studio in the Seattle area.
Five months ago, McKagan said he joined Jane’s Addiction because he needed to occupy himself while VELVET REVOLVER was searching for a new singer. In an interview with Seattle Weekly in April, the bassist said, “Velvet is in a period of downtime right now, and perhaps we will one day get a new singer. For now, though, I have to look at opportunities when they are presented.”