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.
When former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan isn’t rocking out on stage with one of his bands Velvet Revolver or Loaded, he pens a regular column for ‘Seattle Weekly’ that covers everything from sports to politics and of course music. In his latest column, the legendary bassist digs a little deeper into the music scene, interviewing Jack White who recently released his solo debut ‘Blunderbuss.’
When Jeff Angell and Barrett Martin decided to form a new band, they didn't have to look very far for support. As two longtime members of the Seattle music scene, with time served in bands like Mad Season and Screaming Trees, they only needed to reach out to some old friends. Some very famous old friends.
Get lost, Billy Cosby, metal is invading your territory with the three-night event, 'Rockstars Say the Funniest Things.' Billed as 'a spoken word performance series,' 'Rockstars Say the Funniest Things' will feature musical heavyweights Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE Wrestler).
While there remains continual doubt about if and when Velvet Revolver will ever return to the stage with a new singer, it's at least nice to know that the core group of former Guns N' Roses members remain on a friendly basis. That was definitely on display Friday night (July 13) in Seattle when Duff McKagan dropped in on his old pal Slash for a performance at the Paramount Theatre.
Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award for his contributions to the MusiCares MAP fund at an event on May 31. In a new video, you can hear Cantrell, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and more talk about their struggles with sobriety.
With this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction day now upon us, we’ve heard from quite a few of the past and present Guns N’ Roses members including Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin on why they will or will not be in attendance. Now, former GN’R drummer Matt Sorum is weighing in with what he thinks could have helped sway Rose and Stradlin to attend the festivities.