Duff McKagan doesn't rock for cash
Duff McKagan isn't in rock 'n' roll for money, and says he'd still be playing with passion if he were broke
This article is from 2012.
Duff McKagan isn't in rock 'n' roll for money.
The legendary former Guns N' Roses bass player - who is also a member of Loaded - says nobody who gets into music for the wrong reasons will succeed and all his riches mean nothing compared to the buzz he gets from playing.
He told Classic Rock magazine: "Rock 'n' roll, for me, was never a money making endeavour it was pure passion. And just because you've been successful, money has nothing to do with it. Okay, it's great that I don't have to worry about paying the goddamn gas bill, but this is still motivated by passion. Money hasn't changed my sensibility about rock 'n' roll."
Duff, 48, still spends plenty of time on the road with Loaded and it keeps him plugged into the underground scene.
He added: "I get to see the underground scene first hand, and see how a band has to make it financially. I don't pay for Loaded to go on tour, it pays for itself. If you're an indie band you know all these secrets. Like where to get your T-shirts printed. There's this guy in Scotland who does shirts with three colours for £5. And he'll ship them to you so the costs don't add up."