Novoselic teams up with the former Guns N' Roses bassist for accordion rendition
McKagan hosted a release party for his new book How To Be A Man at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on Sunday night (May 17), with the likes of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also appearing at the event. Novoselic and McKagan covered the Guns N’ Roses 1987 single, with the former Nirvana man playing an accordion for the performance. Watch below.
McKagan recently dismissed claims that his band copied Australian Crawls 1981 song ‘Unpublished Critics’ for ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. The case came to light last week when Australian blog Max TV highlighted similarities between the songs. The Aussie band’s singer James Reyne said the two songs were undeniably similar, but that he had no intention of suing Guns N’ Roses.
McKagan later old American radio show Opie Radio, “At that point, Guns were trying to be so original and different to do our own thing. There’s just no way we would have referenced anything. So if there’s any similarity, it’s complete happenstance.” He added that it was inevitable that some songs sound the same.
He added, “Any bands I’ve been in, you do the small check for comparisons. You always run into ‘Free Fallin” by Tom Petty. It’s always some Tom Petty song, right? He’s the master for anything with three chords. It’s always a Tom Petty track or a Stones song.”