Duff McKagan says Axl Rose & Slash Inspire Him to be a Better Musician

June 4, 2019

It's no surprise that every member of Guns N' Roses is a talented musician in their own right. Axl Rose, with one of the widest singing ranges in all of music, takes special care of his voice before and after a show. Slash is synonymous with masterful guitar playing. And bassist and solo artist Duff McKagan is still in awe of both of his bandmates' commitment to their craft.

"Watching Axl prepare for a show, hour-and-a-half vocal warm-ups," McKagan told Mistress Carrie backstage at the City Winery Boston. "That guy couldn't phone in a gig. He couldn't do it. He would die first, I think. You would have to shoot him in the head."

He also spoke of how he would often see Slash disappear into the music that he's had to sometimes snap him out of it. "Sometimes he's just gone. Like sometimes when he's in a solo, sometimes I tap him on the foot like, 'Dude, come back.'"

Enamoured by Axl and Slash's work ethic, McKagan says that they both serve as motivating factors that inspire him to become a better musician. "I don't know if I'm as talented as those guys, so I feel like I always have to work twice as hard, and I love that," says McKagan.

Listen to Mistress Carrie's full interview with Duff McKagan in the podcast below!