After the slow dissolution of the original lineup of Guns N Roses, bassist Duff McKagan could have been headed for ‘Where are they now?’ territory. Instead, he’s stayed musically active—most notably with another mutli-platinum rock band, Velvet Revolver, but also a few lesser-known combos including Walking Papers, Loaded and a punk rock collective called Dead Men Walking.
During an interview with Radio.com, McKagan said he was excited about getting into the studio with his former GNR bandmate Izzy Stradlin’ and Alice In Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell; they’d just finished recording an EP together.
Outside of music, McKagan attended Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics and later founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock. He’s also a writer, having done columns for the Seattle Weekly, ESPN.com and Playboy.com. We spoke to him about his new book How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), and he noted that he hopes to write at least 10 more.
He talked to us about all of the above, as well as how he nearly became a Fox News panelist. Seriously.