16 November 2023

In 1996, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKaganwas set up on a blind date with model Susan Holmes through a mutual friend. "We talked on the phone a few times, and she was a mixture between one of my sisters that made me feel comfortable, but she was also super sexy," McKagan, 59, recalls to PEOPLE in this week's issue, on newsstands Friday. “It was so genuinely nice the things we talked about. Then she offered to pick me up at Burbank Airport. She met me at the gate, and I was like, 'Holy f---.' She was breathtakingly stunning.” A sushi dinner followed. "The place was packed,...

8 November 2023

Duff McKagan's latest solo album Lighthouse is dedicated to Cormac McCarthy, which is no surprise given the importance McKagan places on reading. The Guns N' Roses bassist reads without fail every day, so you get some great book recommendations in this episode of the podcast. McKagan doesn't just read for pleasure; he reads to make himself a better person. There's a great post on his Insta page of McKagan in the stacks at the Library of Congress, and he is one happy man in that photo. You'll also learn in this episode why McKagan still has to write lyrics on a Blackberry, how he wrote one...

26 April 2023

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has unveiled a new solo single titled “This Is the Song,” addressing his longterm battle with panic disorder. The track has been released as part of a three-song EP in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month. In the acoustic song, the veteran rocker sings, “This is the song that’s gonna save my life/ As I scrape for sanity/ Tried Lexipro and what else I don’t know/ But still they can’t agree.” A message from McKagan posted on his official website reads, in part: “Just after 2019, of course, COVID hit, and we all hunkered...

17 April 2023

Guns N’ Roses have revealed the opening acts for the North American leg of their 2023 world tour, including Alice in Chains, The Pretenders, Carrie Underwood, Dirty Honey, and The Warning. Moreover, Axl Rose and company have added two more dates to their itinerary. The newly added concerts include a show in Pittsburgh at PNC Park on August 18th and one in Seattle at Climate Pledge Arena on October 14th. Overall, the North American run will kick off August 5th in Moncton, New Brunswick, and run through an October 16th show in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets for the Pittsburgh show...

30 March 2023

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has released his first solo music in four years in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month. McKagan’s three-track This Is the Song EP includes the title cut as well as “Pass You By” and “It Can’t Come Too Soon.” McKagan, 59, completed his own recording studio before the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing him to work much more quickly on ideas both old and new. However, he found his mental health suffering after months in isolation, and those themes are prominent on the new Martin Feveyear-produced EP. “‘This Is the Song’ was written...