McKagan claims the AXL ROSE-fronted group suddenly realised they had a responsibility to look after their followers following the tragic 1988 incident - an event which dramatically altered their outlook on music.
McKagan, now with Velvet Revolver, remembers, "It was bitter-sweet to put it f**king lightly. That was when it stopped being all laughs and we suddenly had a responsibility.
"You begin to think stuff like, 'If we'd never formed a band, those guys would still be alive today.' Anyway, that was why it was such a big deal when Axl started missing shows.
"When that a**hole wouldn't show up for hours we were scared for the safety of the fans. There would be riots."03/10/2004 14:09