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MUSICIAN DUFF MCKAGAN has seemingly lived a thousand lives on stage.
for most he is unquestionably synonymous with the much CELEBRATED and formerly DEBAUCHED LOS ANGELES ROCK AND ROLL institution known as GUNS N' ROSES. for others of a previous era, he was known for his involvement in his hometown SEATTLE's pre-GRUNGE 1980s PUNK ROCK scene with such luminaries as 10 MINUTE WARNING, THE FARTZ and THE FASTBACKS. in recent years he has been involved with the UNDER-APPRECIATED LOADED and WALKING PAPERS projects as well as countless recording sessions and side appearances with artists like JERRY CANTRELL, IGGY POP and MARK LANEGAN and in bands such as VELVET REVOLVER, MAD SEASON, KINGS OF CHAOS, NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS and even JANE'S ADDICTION.
despite such a RIDICULOUS resume of AWESOME bands, MCKAGAN's DEFT contributions as a SONGWRITER and PERFORMER are often overshadowed by his more FAMOUS collaborators of the top-hatted variety. i think such perceptions will shift with his forthcoming LIGHTHOUSE (BFD, 2023) release as the singles i heard definitely build on his previous release TENDERNESS (UME, 2019) to showcase an EARNEST and VULNERABLE SINGER-SONGWRITER wrinkle hitherto unforeseen in his main gigs. people are aware of his THOUGHTFUL and ADROIT writing abilities given his past columns for SEATTLE WEEKLY and PLAYBOY and his two published memoirs, IT'S SO EASY: AND OTHER LIES (review linked HERE) and HOW TO BE A MAN (AND OTHER ILLUSIONS) (review linked HERE), but as a solo artist he is entirely UNDERRATED.
in my opinion his recent solo work, separate from his RENOWNED past catalogue, is well worth checking out.