Guns N’ Roses icon and well-known bassist, Duff McKagan had a recent interview with Black Flag, Rollins Band’s Henry Rollings and shared the little-known story of how he met with his bandmates, Axl Rose and Slash.
As you will read below, Duff said that he met with Slash, after one or two weeks after naming himself as Slash.
Here is that part from the interview, transcribed by Blabbermouth:
“I met Slash [during] the first week or two I was here through an ad. His name was Slash. His influences were Fear and Alice Cooper. I’m like, ‘He’s got to be a punk rock guy around my age.’
I met Slash, and he wasn’t a punk rock guy, but he was around my age. He had seen The Germs… he took me to [a] show, and it was Axl and L.A. GUNS. While I don’t remember the music too much, I remember him coming out [as] this force, like that Henry Rollins guy I’d seen in 1981. I could tell he prepared for the show.
I backed up when he came out on stage. There was this anger, and it wasn’t false. I knew how to recognize what real was, and that was real. I love to back away from any stage to this day. I love a band that scares me a little bit.”
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