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1993.12.28 - AP/The Monitor - Guns ’N Roses bassist finds ‘therapy’ in solo project (Duff)

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Post by Blackstar on Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:31 am

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Guns ’N Roses bassist finds ‘therapy’ in solo project

By EILEEN LOH
The Associated Press


NEW YORK — You would think being in one of rock 'n' roll’s most bankable bands would satisfy any musician.

But Duff McKagan, bassist for heavy-metal bad-boy quintet Guns ’N Roses, says he began his solo efforts partly to escape the unexpected pressures of sudden fame.

At the recent premiere of his solo album, Believe in Me, the shaggy-haired blond emerged from the shadow of his notorious bandmates — singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash — to make a name for himself, fronting four little-known musicians to demonstrate his prowess in thrash-punk rock.

McKagan’s band, Duff, drew an eclectic, sold-out crowd of about 2,000 at Manhattan’s Webster Hall. The audience encompassed everyone from a 27-year-old self-proclaimed pagan witch who called himself H (he said he once cleansed Axl Rose of a troublesome spirit by bringing divinities to a Madison Square Garden concert), to computer consultant Brian Dillon, 30, who decided to forgo sleep for the I a.m. show on a Monday night.

McKagan, straying somewhat from Guns ’N Roses tight, blistering guitar-vocal arrangements and aiming instead for a hard punk feel, said he wanted his album, warts and all, to reflect bitter personal times and his cynicism overnight superstardom.

Then, suddenly, everyone seemed to want a piece of him.

Before the 1987 release of Guns 'N Roses’ chart-topping debut LP, Appetite for Destruction, "people wouldn’t give me the time of day,’’ a staked, makeup-smeared McKagan said after the performance. Then all of a sudden, they’re like, "Hey, how ya doin’, buddy?"

McKagan recorded the 13 tracks for Believe in Me during Guns ’N Roses’ 1991-93 “Use Your Illusion” world tour. "To keep my sanity, I’d go into the studio, turn off the lights, light candles and say ‘Roll tape'."

He chronicled his despondency in such tracks as "Swamp Song” (“Keep your head clear; Don’t believe what you hear; Just play what comes from your soul”), and "Trouble” ("The only age I know is the dark age; All the people I know put me in a cage”).

McKagan said the album is, above all, highly personal.

Although some of its ripping tirades and hard-edged ballads are highlighted by notable performances from Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Jeff Beck and Skid Row guitarist Snake, McKagan said he wanted to produce certain tracks entirely on his own.

“I couldn’t ask Axl to sing what’s in my heart and soul,” he said. "I’m not a singer, for God’s sake. It’s a human record. People criticize me for playing all the instruments myself (on some songs); they say the musicianship ain’t so great. ...

"That’s not the point. I had to get these things out. When you hear my voice crack on the records, maybe it’s because I was crying,” he said, embarrassed.

Although McKagan said that pleasing an audience wasn’t a concern when he recorded the tracks, he admitted he was more nervous before the show than he’d ever been before any of Guns ’N Roses’ sold-out stadium concerts.

Backstage, Slash found himself reassuring McKagan that the show was a success.
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“I told you so, man,” Slash said, clutching McKagan’s shoulder. “It sounded so tight.”

“Really?”

“Yeah. Really.”

McKagan (guitar and vocals), Joie Mastrokalos (lead guitar), Richard Duguay (bass), Aaron Brooks (drums) and Ted Andreadis (keys), stripped the songs to their bare bones.

Although the tracks lost several melodic studio elements (orchestral parts, for instance, or smoky jazz-club horns) and key guest performances, the raw sound appealed to the audience, composed mainly of Guns 'N Roses fans.

At a surprise encore appearance by Slash, who joined Duff to jam on the Guns ’N Roses hit “It’s So Easy” and two non-Guns songs, audience members showed their approval by exploding into a violent “moshing” frenzy: shoving, clawing and heaving one another into the air.

McKagan, who had kept his stage antics to a minimum during the show, even dove into the fray
during the finale.

Guns guitarist Gilby Clarke and drummer Matt Sorum joined McKagan and Slash backstage after the show, and the four — sans Rose, who was in Los Angeles — played a late-night Guns 'N Roses set for invited guests.

After a European tour, McKagan plans to return to the United States for a string of performances nationwide, according to manager John Reese.

McKagan said that while he has no desire to leave Guns ’N Roses, he will continue to do his own thing.

“It’s refreshing,” he said. “It’s therapy.”
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Post by Soulmonster on Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:37 am

This is almost identical to this one: http://www.a-4-d.com/t2443-1993-10-23-park-city-daily-news-mckagan-satisfied-by-solo-work-duff from two months earlier, but contains some extra information. It is written by the same AP author, so I assume she offered the same article (at different lengths) to various newspapers.
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Post by Blackstar on Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:38 am

Yes, this makes sense.

I didn't get to read the other interview before I posted this one.
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