Heart of Rock interview: Duff McKagan. Bassist, vocalist. Loaded, The Walking Papers (Guns N’ Roses).

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One early December Thursday, DGT&G got word that Duff McKagan would be in town that Sunday, playing a gig at The Independent with Seattle-based band The Walking Papers. For the past year or so, we’ve been on a mission to see each of the original Guns N’ Roses musicians perform — we’d caught Steven Adler and Slash; Duff and Izzy were still on our list. Not only was the show itself unforgettable, all the musicians from both bands (the Dave Rude Band opened for Walking Papers) came out and mingled with the startlingly small audience for about an hour afterwards. Just before he left, Duff answered the Heart of Rock questions.

From now until the end of time (or until too many people die for us to continue) DGT&G will be interviewing rock ‘n’ roll artists — famous, not-famous, and the vast numbers in between — and asking each the same five questions. Over time, their answers will become a repository of the heart of why people make rock music. Read on and enjoy…

Duff McKagan performing with Walking Papers at The Independent, San Francisco, Dec. 9, 2012

Duff McKagan performing with Walking Papers at The Independent, San Francisco, Dec. 9, 2012

DGT&G: Why do you play rock music?

Duff McKagan: I fell in love with it when I was eight. [Pause] And I’m still in love with it.

DGT&G: What else could you see yourself doing?

DM: Being a writer.

DGT&G: Do you have any regrets about taking this path?

DM: No. It’s because I didn’t miss out on having a family. I didn’t miss out on keeping my friends. I went to college later. I had time off. Little things like that.

DGT&G: What is your favorite part about creating and playing rock music?

DM: The idea of … when something wasn’t there two seconds ago — creating something that wasn’t there. That’s an amazing feeling.

DGT&G: Who would be in your dream rock band?

DM: The Walking Papers. I think they’re a pretty good band, don’t you?

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