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Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:36 am


DUFF MCKAGAN


Real name, sseudonyms/former names:
Michael Andrew "Duff" "Rose" McKagan.

Date of birth:
February 5, 1964.

Band position:
Bass player, songwriter, lead singer on some songs and backup singer on others.

Time with Guns N' Roses:
1985-1997. 2016-present. After leaving the band in 1997 Duff rejoined the band for the Not In This Lifetime tour

Shows with the band:
As of {UPDATEDATE} Duff has played at least {DUFFSHOWS} concerts with the band.
Biography:
Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with the band, he released a solo album, Believe in Me (1993), and formed the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders.

Following his departure from Guns N' Roses in 1997, McKagan briefly reunited with his pre-success Seattle punk band 10 Minute Warning. He then formed the still-active hard rock band Loaded, in which he performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Between 2002 and 2008, he played bass in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with his former Guns N' Roses band mates Slash and Matt Sorum. He joined Jane's Addiction for a brief tenure in 2010. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Guns N' Roses.

In addition to his musical career, McKagan has established himself as a writer. He has written weekly columns on a wide variety of topics for SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com, and ESPN.com. A former high school drop-out, he attended Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics in the early 2000s, and subsequently founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock. [Wikipedia, August 2016].

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First meeting when looking for a bass player for Road Crew: (...) when this bone-skinny, six-foot-plus guy with short spiked blond hair rolled in wearing a Sid Vicious-style chain and padlock around his neck, combat boots, and a red-and-black leather trench coat in spite of the seventy-five-degree weather [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York]
First meeting when looking for a bass player for Road Crew: So we're hanging at Canter's on a sunny afternoon in the winter of '84, and in walks Duff McKagan. Right away I thought, "Well, he sure looks like a rock star. "(...) I thought he was totally right for the look we were after. We hit it off right away, right down to the bands we liked, and just as importantly, the bands we hated ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010]
Duff was as musically versatile as he was driven (...). I respected him immediately for his devotion: he and I shared a similar work ethic. It established a kinship between us right away that hasn't faltered at all over all these years [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York]
Duff and I were the keystone; we were the rock that rolled. We were to become the rhythm section for the biggest rock band in the world, and we pushed each other day and night to get there ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010]
Duff was in some weird Top 40 band, but Izzy was like, 'This guy's got short hair, but he is into New York Dolls and stuff like that.' He had a Johnny Thunders T-shirt on, and we were like, 'This guy's perfect' [The Days of Wine and Roses, Classic Rock, April 2005]
He is one of the most rockiest bass players [MTV, 1988]
Duff didn't have a taste for the "brown", but he was a serious drinker and was always half-cocked ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010
I believe that [Duff] made a fresh drink, packed with ice, before he went to bed and left it next to his pillow; that way the ice would keep it cold enough while he slept that it would still be nice and fresh first thing in the morning [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, p. 259]
Duff's the mellowest guy, but the booze could turn him into one mean mother ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010, pp. 133]
[Duff] was sober now; in May 1994, he suffered a near-fatal episode when his pancreas almost exploded. Years of heavy drinking had taken their toll, and if Duff didn't get sober, he'd die [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, p.386-387]
The doctors talked to him two years ago. They said your liver is supposed to be this big. [Izzy holds his hands in the shape of a hardball] They said his liver was this big. [Izzy holds his hands in the shape of a softball]. And when his liver gets this big, it's all over [Izzy holds his hands in the shape of a cantaloupe] [The Musician, 1992]
Everybody's in good shape and Duff's looking really good and healthy. It was good that we took the time off, because at the end of the tour Duff was one foot in the grave. I mean it was like we were all drugged out. We just all stepped back out of the whole rock and roll debauchery for a while and just sort of mellowed [Outsiders responsible for Guns N' Roses reuniting? Toronto Sun, September 4, 1996]
The road that Axl chose to travel forced me away. And once I left, Duff was next-he split of his own accord less than a year later [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, p.396]
Duff is very well: he just participated in the fucking Hawaiian marathon! A Goddamn marathon! Not bad for a guy whose pancreas exploded because he drank three and a half liters of vodka a day! He's in my band, which is really cool [Hard Rock Interview, 2001]
Duff's support for the man [Slash] though understandable in one sense in regard to his circumstances, is inexcusable, and furthers my distance from the two of them [GN'R press release with Axl interview, gnronline.com, 2002]
Duff's always been a real unique, great sounding bass player [Velvet Revolver, Total Guitar #121 April 2004]
Being asked if he could work with some of the old members again besides Izzy: Maybe something with Duff, but that's it, and not something I'd have to really get down into, as I'd get left with sorting it out and then blamed on top of it. So, no, not me [The Billboard Q&A: Axl Rose, Billboard February 14, 2009 issue]
Talking about working with former members: It'd be highly doubtful for us to have more than one of the alumni up with us at any given time. I suppose Duff could play guitar on something somewhere (...) [spinner.com Axl interview by Del James, spinner.com, 2009]
I met him a few years back, and he seemed like a really sweet guy. He didn't seem to have any issues with me - I don't think he wanted the gig anymore [Bass Player Magazine, March 2010]
When I started hammering out those Guns N' Roses songs, I started to really dig into what Duff was doing - I really liked the stuff he played. I'd be lying if I said his playing didn't seep into my subconscious - like the way he uses grace notes. And I wouldn't be afraid to say I stole some of his stuff [Bass Player Magazine, March 2010]
Introducing Duff at stage: There was this guy at the end of my hallway [at their hotel] playing all this loud music and shit....Who the fuck? Oh, It's Duff!![O2 Arena, London, England, October 14, 2010]
Duff is a cool guy [Live stream, December 2011]
After Duff joined GN'R for showin Vancouver, 2011: Hope Duff had as good a time as i did playing with GNR.I got to stand right behind his amp and learn a few things, Good times [twitter, December 20, 2011]
I think, other than him being more riff oriented than I am, we’re not all that different players. We both kind of came from a punk-rock background, and it wasn’t all that much of a stretch. I did, however, tweak my sound a little bit so that it would fit sonically with what was going on. I didn’t really try to sound like Duff necessarily, but to make it sound as powerful as I could while still fitting in to what’s going on [Las Vegas Weekly, October 24, 2012]
[Stephanie Seymour, Slash and Duff] did more damage to my ability as a writer. To those three, it was all crap. It beat me down so much. At the time of the (Use Your Illusion) tours, Slash and Duff said, 'You're an idiot, you're a loser.' I didn't write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time [USA Today, October 30, 2012]
Had lots of cool times with Duff, love him & his family Smile[REDDIT AMA, December 2013]
When Duff was about to step in for Tommy's missed gigs on the American tour in 2014: It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl out.[Billboard, April 2014]
After the first show with Duff filling in for Tommy: Congrats to @officialDuffMcKagan for killing all the songs from new to old last night! Insane talent! What a F'N blast we had! #ArgentinaYouKickedAss #blessedlife #Gnr #brasil[twitter, April 7, 2014]
He worked really hard on the parts and he liked playing the newer songs from Chinese [at the Golden Gods and in South America when Tommy was doing shows with the Replacements]. And you know, it's pretty funny because we'd go to talk about certain things from Illusions, and there's things he doesn't remember, there's things I don't remember. We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call "Old Guns" or the Appetite lineup or the Illusions lineup. Because with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy's on. I don't have to tell the other guys what to do, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so... [...] [Hearing Duff sing on GN'R songs] was a fun thing about some of these shows. Because there's also things like that little line in "Civil War" "Peace could last forever." Duff wrote that line, and he sings it. And I've always been a fan of Duff's voice. There's a punk element to it and a sincerity to it. I like hearing it. [...] It's possible [we can work more together]. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that [Revolver Magazine, May 2014]
It's cool playing with him. He's rock solid and a sweetheart of a guy. A good person to play with[One on On with Mitch Lafon, June 2014]
It's great to see Duff, a pleasure to be around him again. It's kinda a trip to see him on stage, definitely a treat to the guys who haven't played with him in the past. But also a huge treat for the fans, and it was cool, great that Duff was able to do that, and willing to do that [step in for Tommy when he was touring with the Replacements. [...] Duff is such a positive guy to be around and a consummate professional [The Rock Revival, June 2014].
He is such a sweetheart. Before he joined as a guest in a previous tour and then he returned to do full shows with us. It was just nice to spend some quality time with him. Now I know from the fans’ stand point this is a big thing, but for me it’s like hanging out with a friend who I have such great conversations with. [The National, July 2014].
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He is a fantastic musician and also become one of my best friends, he's a really close friend. A great human being. Really, really solid dude. He's become a really great guy [Intimate workshop with Richard, November 2014].



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Photographer: Robert John. Visit his page here: http://www.robertjohnphotography.com/

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Post by puddledumpling on Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:15 pm

Kick in the Head anyone?
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:39 pm

Has Axl really allowed that music and that footage to be used? He claims to not even have read Duff's autobiography. I find it implausible.
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Post by puddledumpling on Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:52 am

could very well be a fan made trailer. It is the second one I've seen - the first was deleted from YouTube
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Review of It's So Easy in a curious section of npr.org

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Post by Uli on Wed May 29, 2013 9:21 pm

@Soulmonster wrote:Has Axl really allowed that music and that footage to be used? He claims to not even have read Duff's autobiography.

He won't need to read the book to allow music for the docu. It's obvious that GN'R music will be needed for such a movie, why shouldn't he agree? (He's on good terms with Duff anyway.)
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Post by Soulmonster on Wed May 29, 2013 9:32 pm

@Uli wrote:
@Soulmonster wrote:Has Axl really allowed that music and that footage to be used? He claims to not even have read Duff's autobiography.

He won't need to read the book to allow music for the docu. It's obvious that GN'R music will be needed for such a movie, why shouldn't he agree? (He's on good terms with Duff anyway.)

I would actually have thought he would have read the book before allowing it. And then, who knows if he'd agree it. Oh well, I can just ask him Crazy
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Post by Soulmonster on Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:29 pm

Former GUNS N' ROSES star Duff Mckagan has been named Seattle Central Community College's Distinguished Alumni of the Year. The bassist went back to school to study finance several years ago. He says, "Attending Seattle Central was an awesome experience - it taught me a lot about discipline in a great way. Having a college education has also helped my reputation."
Source: http://www.contactmusic.com/news/fascinating-fact_3734889
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Post by Uli on Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:52 am

Duff made it to this list of "greatest bass players":

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-60-greatest-bassists-of-all-time-279007/29


As one of the longest-serving members of the classic line-up of Guns N' Roses, Duff McKagan put in 12 years with the LA rockers from Appetite For Destruction to The Spaghetti Incident (and then some). Since then he's cropped up with Velvet Revolver and more recently Duff McKagan's Loaded, releasing three albums.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:00 am

Bassist Duff won’t say no to chance of recording with Axl again

Duff McKagan says his attitude to recording with Guns N’ Roses in the future is “never say never.”

The bassist rejoined ex-colleague Axl Rose for a run of shows in South America earlier this year, after having made a handful of guest appearances with the current lineup of GnR since a London reunion in 2010.

Now McKagan tells Blairing Out: “It was great going and playing those shows – we had a good time.”

Asked about recording he says: “I never say never to anything these days. I’ve learned. You never know what’s around the corner. And all that aside, I’m just glad he and I were able to get together and talk about some stuff, then laugh about a lot of other shit that happened.”

McKagan recently completed a second album with his latest project Walking Papers, and hasn’t given up on going back to work with Velvet Revolver – if they can find a replacement for fired frontman Scott Weiland.

McKagan says: “I don’t think we’re done. We played with some guys only two weeks ago, all really talented. We’ll know when he walks in the room, I think.”

Guitarist Slash this month told how VR had decided against working with Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor because they thought he was “too macho” for the role. In May former Rose manager Craig Duswalt predicted the original GnR lineup would get back together by 2016.
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Post by Soulmonster on Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:44 pm

Duff is to release a new book in May called "How to be a man":

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/duff-mckagan-to-release-how-to-be-a-man-book-in-may/


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Post by Uli on Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:23 am

@Soulmonster wrote:Duff is to release a new book in May called "Hot to be a man":

Yeah, it's hot to be a man... Very Happy

Well, I guess I know how to be a man (and I read some of his columns), so I might give this one a miss.
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Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:58 am

Heh, thanks! Yes, I liked his column. There will probably be lots of GN'R references, too.
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Post by Uli on Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:55 pm

https://tinyurl.com/h367ok2

In a rare interview with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan briefly discussed the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour.
When asked how the tour was going, McKagan gave the answer, “Uh, it’s been good. I’m so jetlagged right now, cause we just flew back. We did Bangkok, Dubai, so Bangkok you fly over India, the Persian gulf to Dubai, so it’s about 7 hours, then we played the gig and flew 17 hours more west to get back to the west coast, so I’m a little jetlagged.”
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@Uli wrote:https://tinyurl.com/h367ok2

In a rare interview with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan briefly discussed the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour.
When asked how the tour was going, McKagan gave the answer, “Uh, it’s been good. I’m so jetlagged right now, cause we just flew back. We did Bangkok, Dubai, so Bangkok you fly over India, the Persian gulf to Dubai, so it’s about 7 hours, then we played the gig and flew 17 hours more west to get back to the west coast, so I’m a little jetlagged.”

Here's it in case Alternative Nation disappears Smile

In a rare interview with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan briefly discussed the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour.

When asked how the tour was going, McKagan gave the answer, “Uh, it’s been good. I’m so jetlagged right now, cause we just flew back. We did Bangkok, Dubai, so Bangkok you fly over India, the Persian gulf to Dubai, so it’s about 7 hours, then we played the gig and flew 17 hours more west to get back to the west coast, so I’m a little jetlagged.”

Monson also remember McKagan telling him he wanted to be a ‘traffic czar’ who will fix things in Seattle, and McKagan still seemed eager to take a government job to fix the problem.

“That’s correct, I even applied for whatever that position was, there was a new position to come up, whenever that was, a year and a half ago. I went through the government paperwork and applied, but I never heard back. Not even the courtesy of, ‘Thanks for applying.’ Nothing, no.”

“My thing about being in a rock band has so little to do with being a citizen of Seattle,” he said. “I remember coming down to Los Angles in 1984 and seeing the traffic down there and thinking, ‘Seattle will never be this bad.’ Now, it’s worse than LA in Seattle.”

“I’m not saying I’m more experienced or I know more, but I travel and keep my eyes open,” McKagan said. “Because Seattle has gotten so bad with traffic, I am really aware of what they do in other cities – London, New York, Sydney … traffic does flow there. I don’t see bike lanes in Sydney, clogging up the roads. And people bike there.”

He also discussed his style of biking.

“I’m an urban assault attack bike rider, but I know the roads are for cars,” he said. “I grew up knowing that. You don’t ride with the cars, it’s dangerous. So I ride the streets that cut through, like over Capitol Hill. I don’t take 23rd, I take the streets that cut over.”

“I have nothing against proper bike lanes in cool places, but they should be in cool places,” McKagan said. “Those places that have less cars. Like the route I recently took, up over Capitol Hill – side streets … Seattle traffic is not just the bikes, or the bike lanes. It’s a car city.”

He also revealed why Seattle’s system is set up the way it is.

“I know it’s probably not politically correct to say anything about the Cascade Bike Club, but you have strong lobby, and that side of politics – we all know it,” McKagan said. “And the Seattle City Council, they’re inept. As a bike rider, I just don’t get the Cascade Bike Club angle. I know they have cars, too.”

“I take the train sometimes to a Seahawks game,” he said. “It lets you off four blocks away from the stadium, and traffic cops have to block traffic to let people from the train cross those streets. It’s a real head scratcher.”

“I’ve played stadiums in Australia and Japan, where they have transportation systems, and the trains come up to the stadium,” McKagan said. “We are relying on Sound Transit putting up new stations, and it’s cool. There’s one at Husky Stadium. I sort of live near there. But am I going to walk in the rain for a mile to that train station? It’s not convenient. In New York, it’s convenient. You walk a block over and there’s the 14th Street station.”
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And another audio interview where Alternative Nation has transcribed parts:

If you are dealing with mental health issues, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or enter their live chat.

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan opened up about Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s death in a new interview with Chris Jericho.

Speaking about the death of his longtime friend Cornell, McKagan said: “My daughter Mae and [Chris’s] daughter Lily were born two weeks apart [in July 2000]. And Susan [Holmes, Duff’s wife] and I, we were in Seattle then. So Susan Silver [Cornell’s then-wife] and my Susan were pregnant at the same time, and we hung out a bunch when the girls were little babies. And then Audioslave started when Velvet Revolver started, and we played gigs with them.”

Calling Cornell’s suicide a “shocker,” Duff admitted that he has “had little touches of depression in the last seven, eight years. It came out of nowhere; I’m not that guy,” he said. “But I’ve had a panic disorder since I was sixteen, and they always said that’s a subset of depression. And I’m, like, I don’t have depression. I have panic attacks here and there, like in the weirdest places ever, and I’ve learned to deal with them. I learned by the time I was twenty I’m not gonna die from a panic attack; you feel like you’re going to.”

McKagan recalled one particular incident that made him realize the seriousness of what he was facing. “About five years ago, I was in a movie theater with my wife Susan, we went to the movies, and my seat sunk down five feet,” he said. “And I looked around, I thought something happened to the theater, like there was an earthquake. But no, I had an attack of depression, just a feeling of moroseness. And I couldn’t live like that. We got out of the theater, and I’m shaking. It’s hard to explain what it felt like. But [my wife] drove me home, my friend came over, and we got somebody else on the phone, and it was depression. And it passed. And then I went and saw some people about it and I had a couple of more of those episodes.”

Although Duff says that he doesn’t have “chronic depression,” he can relate to the feeling of despair and helplessness that Cornell and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July, must have felt before they decided to take their own lives.

“If there was depression involved, then all bets are off,” Duff said. “I’m not gonna judge ’em anyhow. I’ve been in and out of alcohol and drug addiction, and I’ve got it all. So I’m not one to judge. But if there was depression involved, then it’s a real thing, ’cause I understand.

“When I sunk five feet down in that movie theater, I couldn’t live like that,” he continued. “You can’t breathe, you can’t eat, you can’t… all your bodily functions just go; you have no control. And I’m a strong dude. I think positive and I apply a lot of principles to my life and through martial arts and through stuff, and I can see and deal with shit — bad shit, and good shit. And be a dad and be… those things that I rise to, ’cause I love it. But when I had depression, I couldn’t be any of those things; I couldn’t be anything.”
Source: https://www.alternativenation.net/guns-n-roses-member-can-relate-chris-cornell-chester-bennington-couldnt-live-like/

I like Duff.
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And more:

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan discussed how he and Slash reacted to having to play Chinese Democracy songs in a new interview with Chris Jericho.

“It’s great. Axl, he put a lot into that record.”

“I think Slash and I were challenged with a thing, like, ‘How do we make these kinda ours now?’ Cause we’re gonna play these; we’re gonna take ownership of these.”

“And we went in and learned them and started playing them with [drummer] Frank [Ferrer] and then [guitarist] Rich [Fortus]. Let’s tear these songs down and really know them and then build it up from there.”

Duff said the beginning of the bass line to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is one of the toughest parts for him to play.

“You can’t fuck that up. Everybody there is listening at that point. You gotta be on.”

He also discussed live performances.

“We wear in-ears, right? So most of the time [Axl] is telling amazing jokes. He crushes everybody. You know, I fancy myself a humorist, a jokester, but he crushes me.”
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