Duff McKagan On Why He Loves ‘November Rain,’ ‘Slash’s Solo Is Such A Larger-Than-Life Thing’

In a recent interview with Katie Daryl on AXS TV’s ‘Now Listen,’ Duff McKagan shared his favorite songs to perform with the band at different stages of his career. Earlier in his career, he believes ‘Rocket Queen’ was ‘the next step’ for him and Guns N’ Roses. He said:

“My favorite song (to play in 1987 was) ‘Rocket Queen,’ just because we found this groove and we found all these cool connector parts that put that song together. Axl wrote a really cool lyric for it, and it became this soaring kind of song. ‘Appetite’ was this little record we made that was gonna be for us and our friends and some rocker people. We were just going in and recording the songs that we wrote for ourselves and that some people in clubs really dug. So ‘Rocket Queen’ seemed this kind of next step, sort of next-level song, to me.”

Afterwards, he said that he prefers November Rain further in his career. He continued:

“So then you flash forward to 2016… I’ve always loved playing ‘November Rain,’ cause it’s just such a moment. Axl gets to sit down and you see all the lighters come out and Slash’s solo is such a larger-than-life thing.”

He explained that he prefers to play newer songs nowadays. He said:

“I do like playing the few new songs we have — ‘Hard Skool’ and ‘Absurd’ and ‘The General’ and ‘Perhaps’.”

Slash’s Favorite Song To Play Live

Slash has a different choice than McKagan. In 2014, Slash revealed his favorite song to play live in a Q&A video on his official YouTube channel. He said:

“It can be any number of songs in a given night that you feel really excited about playing, but I think that ‘Paradise City‘ has always been my favorite rock ‘n’ roll song to just bust out live. It just works every time, it’s got the right tempo and the right energy. It’s always been a favorite of mine.”

You can watch Duff McKagan’s full interview with AXS TV below.