Duff McKagan

Happy Birthday

Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan
February 5, 1964
Seattle, Washington

Duff McKagan is one cool Bass Player. Duff spent 12 years with Guns n Roses gaining international success beyond his wildest dreams.

Duff grew up in Seattle Washington, the youngest of 8 kids, in a giant Irish Catholic family. He had to fight to get his share of the twinkies. He was taught the Bass by his older brother and then improved his skills playing along to "Black Flag" and Captain and Tennille" Albums. 

Even though he was an honor student, Duff dropped out of HS, focusing on music and playing in Punk bands. 

In 1983, Duff, sick of the rain and the cold, moved to Los Angeles. There he formed a short lived band "Road Crew" with Slash and Steven Adler. After the demise of "Road Crew", Duff joined Guns n Roses with Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. Slash and Adler joined 2 months later, forming the classic lineup of Guns n Roses. 

"Appetite for Destruction" was released June 1987 and sold over 57 Billion albums worldwide. (Something like that, well it was a lot!). The album and single "Sweet Child O' Mine" went to #1. A phenomenon was born. They were the biggest and baddest band in the world!
World tours, drugs, alcohol, more chicks than we can count, and excess, were the order of the day. Album after Album were huge successes. 

"GnR Lies" #2, "Use Your Illusion1" #2, "Use Your Illusion2" #1, "The Spaghetti Incident" #4. 

The band became synonymous with drugs and excess. Ironically, a drug fueled band had to fire their drummer for taking too many drugs. With Guns n Roses  basically stagnant since 1994, Duff finally left the band in 1997. 

In the years to follow, Duff kept busy playing with "Velvet Revolver", Alice in Chains", and "Jane's Addiction"; in addition to his writing, solo work, his new family and Guns n Roses reunions. 

Along with his excellent bass skills, Duff brought a Punk sensibility and attitude to Guns n Roses, that made them the band that they were. Without Duff, the band could not have been as well rounded and successful. 

Duff is cool AF and a legendary rock star. He has done it all and seen it all and lived to tell about it. 

Thanks for the music and Happy Birthday Duff McKagan!
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