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Duff McKagan

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Michael Andrew McKagan, better known as Duff ‘Rose’ McKagan, was born February 5 1964. He is an American musician and bassist, who is best known for his thirteen-year tenure in the 1980s hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. He is currently the bassist for the groups Velvet Revolver and Jane’s Addiction as well as the guitarist and lead vocalist for his own group Loaded (also known as Duff McKagan’s Loaded).

Michael Andrew McKagan was born in Seattle, Washington, the youngest of eight children born to Elmer and Alice Marie McKagan. They were a somewhat musical family with every member playing at least one instrument. It was his brother Bruce who taught him his first bass chords.

Duff’s father goes by the name Mac, and his mother is Marie. Although best know as a bass player, Duff also played drums in several bands, including, most notably, a stint with the legendary Seattle pop-punk band the Fastbacks, whom he joined at the age of 16 in 1980. He describes his home city as “a rowdy rock ‘n’ roll town with a hip underground.” As well as drums and bass, McKagan also has the ability to play other musical instruments, he plays guitar and even played piano on the song Misery from the Loaded album Dark Days.

McKagan headed to California when he was nineteen, and played in dozens of rock bands around Los Angeles including Ten Minute Warning (he was replaced by Daniel House of Skin Yard), and a hardcore punk band called The Fartz.

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