One of Coachella's biggest draws this year is the reunion of the indie outfit Postal Service, which features the synth-led sounds of Jimmy Tamborello paired with Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard's vocals. But according to a new Funny or Die video, there were actually several recognizable rockers that tried out for the job before Gibbard was selected.
Mad Season were one of the '90s more interesting supergroups, but the deaths of frontman Layne Staley and bassist John Baker Saunders stalled the release of the band's planned second album. However, drummer Barrett Martin and guitarist Mike McCready spent a good portion of the last year finishing off some of their unreleased material for a special expanded reissued of their 1995 debut 'Above' and that reignited friendship may lead to even more recordings.
By now, most people are familiar with the Bon Jovi classic 'Wanted Dead or Alive' and could sing it word for word if put on the spot, but Duff McKagan has a question that's long been debated amongst his musician friends that pertains to the lyric "I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all." The bassist ponders if this was truly a fact or just taking poetic license for a great lyric.
Last year, former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver / Loaded bassist Duff McKagan revealed in his autobiography, 'It's So Easy: And Other Lies,' that the iconic 'Simpsons' animated beverage Duff Beer was named after him. McKagan happily agreed for 'The Simpsons' to use his name, but now the bassist has admitted that he regrets not cashing in on the opportunity.
It's great to jam out with your buddies, but you really find out a lot about a person when you spend every waking hour with them on the road and even the best of friends can start irritating each other. Luckily, Duff McKagan, who knows a thing or two about performing with some rather unique personalities, has offered a few tips for survival on the road in his latest Seattle Weekly column.
Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose is certainly one of the most beloved, but also detested musicians in rock history. It's almost impossible to run into anyone who doesn't have an opinion on Rose as a human being, but the GN'R icon recently partook in an interview that went pretty deep into the mind of one of rock's most polarizing figures.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Duff McKagan has been in a lot of bands -- and he touched on pretty much all of them during a recent interview with FasterLouder, looking back on his stints with Guns N' Roses and Neurotic Outsiders while looking ahead to his future with Loaded, as well as weighing in on where Velvet Revolver might be headed.
In the latest edition of Duff McKagan's column for SeattleWeekly.com, the Velvet Revolver / Loaded / ex-Guns N' Roses bassist explored the topic of depression. Having never suffered clinical depression in his life, McKagan found himself in a dark mindset after Sept. 11, 2001, when the monumental terrorist attack on the World Trade Center changed McKagan for the worst.