New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Duff McKagan

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Guns N' Roses bassist, singer, songwriter, and author Duff McKagan visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? episode and impressed us all with his musical knowledge, storytelling ability, and ardent curiosity. McKagan has been on a mission lately to restock his vinyl collection that has largely disappeared over the years. He came in looking for some classic punk LPs and wound up sharing stories abut the first album he bought with his own money, the Prince record that gave him the courage to move to Los Angeles, and the music that scares him.

Duff McKagan started his first band, Vains, when he was fifteen. In 1980, he became the drummer for pop-punk band The Fastbacks. He performed with a handful of punk bands before moving to Los Duff McKagan - TendernessAngeles in 1983 and forming Road Crew with Slash (guitar) and Steven Adler (drums). In March 1985, he became the bassist in Guns N' Roses. Two years later, the band released their debut LP, Appetite for Destruction. In 1991, GNR embarked on the Use Your Illusion tour and released the Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums. In 1993, the band released an album consisting largely of punk covers, "The Spaghetti Incident?", and McKagan released his first solo LP, Believe in Me.

McKagan formed the band Neurotic Outsiders with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), John Taylor (Duran Duran), and his bandmate Matt Sorum in 1995. He left GNR in 1997, returning to Seattle and reforming his '80s punk band 10 Minute Warning. The band released one self-titled LP on Sub Pop. In 2002, McKagan formed Velvet Revolver along with Slash, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner, and Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland. Velvet Revolver's debut LP Contraband landed at #1 on the Billboard rock chart. A followup, Libertad, came out in 2007. In 2010, McKagan returned to live performances with GNR for a gig at London's O2 Arena. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of the band. After another break from the group, McKagan returned to GNR once again in 2016 for their headlining appearance at Coachella. In spring 2019, he released the Tenderness LP, which was produced by Shooter Jennings and inspired by his time spent on Guns N' Roses' two-year-long Not in This Lifetime... tour. McKagan has written two New York Times best-selling books, It's So Easy (And Other Lies) and How to Be a Man: (and other illusions).

McKagan's shopping trip started with a chance find among our racks: Pat Travers's 1977 album Putting It Straight. It was the first album he bought on his own, a decision based solely on the artwork. McKagan told us he "only bought it for the cover and the back cover -- as you will when you're eleven years old -- and it's actually a great record. It stands up to time."

A more recent selection for McKagan was the debut record by hip hop and hardcore punk hybrid group Ho99o9, which was recommended to him by his daughter. He recalls watching their music video for the first time and not quite knowing what to make of it. "I've always like bands that scare me," he explained. "When the band actually scared me, that's when I felt alive."

McKagan, a longtime Prince fan (he came in wearing an awesome Prince hat for starters), picked up a few albums and shared the impact Prince has had in his life. As a young multi-instrumentalist in Seattle, McKagan's imagination was sparked by the young multi-instrumentalist soul prodigy from Minnesota. During a particularly difficult time in Seattle, McKagan found solace and inspiration listening to the 1999 album, which eventually helped him move to LA. "This record really gave me the courage to do that somehow," he said.

But which albums did Duff McKagan recommend if you're just starting to explore classic punk rock? Watch the full video below to find out!

Duff McKagan - What's In My Bag?
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