Duff McKagan: How I Feel About Playing ‘Chinese Democracy’ Songs

GN'R bassist Duff McKagan was asked on Talk Is Jericho on how he feels about performing "Chinese Democracy" tracks during the ongoing reunion tour. He replied:


“It’s great. Axl, he put a lot into that record.

“I think Slash and I were challenged with a thing, like, ‘How do we make these kinda ours now?’ Cause we’re gonna play these; we’re gonna take ownership of these.

“And we went in and learned them and started playing them with [drummer] Frank [Ferrer] and then [guitarist] Rich [Fortus]. Let’s tear these songs down and really know them and then build it up from there.”

Asked on which song is the hardest on for him to play each night, Duff says it’s the little parts that are tricky, such as the beginning of the bass line to “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” He said:

“You can’t fuck that up. Everybody there is listening at that point. You gotta be on.”

Discussing the vibe during live performances, Duff said:

“We wear in-ears, right? So most of the time [Axl] is telling amazing jokes. He crushes everybody. You know, I fancy myself a humorist, a jokester, but he crushes me.”


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