Duff McKagan Visits Steam Power Display Before Guns N’ Roses Show
The local charity Stapleford Railway posted pictures of McKagan alongside a firetruck speaking to its crew, and reported that he’d intended to travel on their miniature steam train.
The BBC said that GNR had been staying at Stapleford Park before their show, and that McKagan took the opportunity to visit the steam festival after buying a ticket for the train. “It’s a shame Duff didn’t get the chance to ride,” event organizer Nigel Spencer said. “He’s obviously quite keen on fire engines too.” The railway later said they had to temporarily stop offering rides due to a helicopter arriving to fly the band to the nearby Download site.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reported that among GNR’s “jaw-dropping” backstage demands for their Download set was the requirement of a porcelain toilet and “super-silky” toilet paper. “Anyone who’s ever been to a festival is familiar with the horror of the portaloo,” the newspaper wrote, “so it’s understandable the band demanded special porcelain bogs to ease their ... comfort.”
In related news, GNR guitarist Slash submitted a bid to end his marriage with estranged wife Perla Ferrar, offering her a deal worth $6.6 million plus $100,000 per month maintenance and $39,000 per month for each of their two children. The paperwork he submitted to a court, reported by The Blast, listed his monthly income at $345,000.
“Perla has been slow responding, or has deliberately drawn out responding, throughout this matter," Slash said in the submission. "I want to move on with my life.” The couple married in 2001 and first filed for divorce in 2010, before reconciling and then filing again in 2014.