For his part, McKagan told Vanity Fair, "I like trying new things and I love Perry. I've known the guys for a long time. I tried to do my best to help them out . . . We wrote some really great songs, but when I started recording with Loaded in August, I really discovered I can only do one or the other."
McKagan replaced original bassist Eric Avery, who reunited with the band in 2008 for the first time since its initial break-up in 1991.