Duff McKagan is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and author who's best known for his twelve-year stint as the bassist in Guns N' Roses. McKagan grew up in...More
Duff McKagan is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and author who's best known for his twelve-year stint as the bassist in Guns N' Roses. McKagan grew up in Seattle, where he 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 Angeles 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).