Fender signature bassist Duff McKagan has left Jane’s Addiction and is busy finishing up the third album with his band Loaded.
Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins announced the news in a statement via email:
“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.”
Farrell also tweeted his own personal well wishes to McKagan, writing, “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.”
In fact, McKagan recently dished on the upcoming Loaded album in his blog for Seattle Weekly.
“Famed producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones, Prong, Screaming Trees, just to name a very few) came in to the Loaded fold somehow just before we were to start this record and offered his assistance in a producer role,” writes McKagan. “Yeah, when Terry Date wants to do your record, you run and not walk straight to that man.”
McKagan also talks about the difficult decision to split from Martin Feveyear, who produced the first two Loaded albums.
“Martin is not only our producer, but one of my dearest friends, and I can probably speak for the other fellas in the band when I state that this was a very tough decision for us,” writes McKagan. “Martin totally understood and told us to make a great record. I love you, pal.”
More from Duff here .