Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Sheds Light On Whether He Thinks He’s Underrated

Duff McKagan Asked About Whether He Thinks He’s Underated

During an interview on Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was asked if he ever fel tunderrated as a bass player.

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Saying that he doesn’t know where he’s rated and that he doesn’t pay much attention to the whole thing, McKagan noted he’s “really so just all into my craft,” adding (via Blabbermouth):

“It’s not a contest. I try to play the best… Any musician in any band – for a really good band – you know your part in the band.”

Encouraging every musician to pursue their dreams Duff added:

“I didn’t start off as a bass player, and Guns was the first band I really, like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna be a bass player. This is what I’m gonna do.’ And I really dove into it head first.

“And I listened to Prince, I listened to [Led Zeppelin’s] John Paul Jones, I listened to Paul Simonon from The Clash and Lemmy, and Killing Joke – all these cool, different bands that really inspired my bass playing. And I just kind of took it from there.”

Riki Rachtman Reveals Slash Thought He Was a Bad Influence on Axl Rose

Recently we reported that Riki Rachtman has started a new podcast where he talks about old stories from his club the Cathouse in Los Angeles. He shares quite a few Guns N’ Roses stories and revealed how guitarist Slash thought he was a bad influence on singer Axl Rose. He said the following

During a recent edition of former MTV personality Riki Rachtman’s podcast, The Cathouse Hollywood Podcast, Rachtman described the altercation between Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses during the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. He said the following:

Rachtman: Then you have Axl Rose. Axl was a really good friend, we had a lot of good times at the Cathouse and a lot of good times away from the club. We used to do a lot of late night into early morning partying. Believe it or not, one time after being up for five straight days Slash once said that I was a bad influence on Axl. Can you believe that?! As a friend Axl was very loyal and very supportive of those who were on his side. If you were in his circle, he would be more than willing to hook you up. Axl went out of his way on more on one occasion for me. Yes, he wore Cathouse shirts on stage and in photo shoots. Axl would also mention Cathouse in interviews and even when they were selling millions of records he would bring Guns N’ Roses back to the club to play unannounced shows.

It’s funny that Slash was so concerned with Axl’s bad influences considering he himself was indulging in his vices around this time. Maybe it had to do with the fact that the partying was catching up with Axl when it came to band business.