Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 Praises Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley gave an interview to Forbes promoting the band’s upcoming album “Order in Decline” due out this Friday and briefly gave a shoutout to Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan for being his inspiration for getting sober. The exchange below is as follows:
Baltin: There are a lot of artists on Disrupt who are sober and doing great. Are there artists you have looked to as inspiration for the way they have handled their sobriety.
Whibley: I think Duff [McKagan] was always sort of an inspiration, even before I had liver and kidney failure. I always knew his story and obviously loved Guns ‘N’ Roses when I was growing up. I knew he had gone through all that and gotten healthy and was doing really well. When I knew I was getting bad I would say to myself, “I’m gonna do the Duff thing. I’m gonna get healthy. I know I’m gonna get out of this.” I thought I would quit it. Instead what happened to me is I ended up in the hospital. But then when I got out Duff again was an inspiration because I reached out to him. I didn’t know him at the time. I’d run into him a few times, but not enough to know him. He gave me some advice and he was great. But his story was the more motivational, inspirational kind of thing for me.