Duff McKagan Swears Guns N’ Roses Didn’t Plagiarize on ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

By Brian Ives 

A few days ago, Australian website Max TV asked whether Guns N’ Roses plagiarized their 1987 classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine” from an earlier song by an Australian band called Australian Crawl, “Unpublished Critics,” from 1981.

Radio.com spoke with former Guns bassist Duff McKagan—currently of a band called Walking Papers—and asked him about the controversy.

He’s denying it. Completely.

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“A friend of mine just sent me that video,” he says, which plays excerpts of both songs.

What was Duff’s reaction? Read the full story on Radio.com

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