Duff McKagan and Guns'n'Roses were recently inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
I often get puzzled looks or questioning comments by close friends and loved ones.
When I brought home Duff McKagan's memoir, It's So Easy (And Other Lies), my wife let me know that my literary standards were really slipping: "Who is this guy? Why would you want to read this book?" She was appalled by the man on the cover. He was so rough and dirty looking.
She was right. Duff looks like the life he has lived. He is a clear product of his environment and the hard living in the madness that was Guns ' n' Roses, but his is a story of accountablity and redemption.
Here's the interview I did in November of 2011.
Funny thing is this: while Green Day were introducing GnR (sans Axl, of course), Duff and company were waiting in the wings.
"Who's the tall one?" came my wife's query. "That's Duff McKagan. The guy I interviewed" was my reply. Pause, then,
"He's kind of good looking." Well, well, well.
Then came the bomb:"Why did you want to read his book?" I can't win.
Along with singer Myles Kennedy,Duff and the boys went on stage and played a really strong set. They could tour without the hassle of Axl's childish antics.