Duff McKagan Remembers His Last Conversation With Donald Duck Dunn
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan shared a post on his official Instagram page showing the present he received from the late Booker T. & the M.G.’s bassist Donald Duck Dunn’s family as well as revealing the last conversation he had with Duck Dunn before his passing.
For those of you who may not know, Donald Duck Dunn was primarily known for his tenure with Booker T. & the M.G. and as a member of the band, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1992. In addition to his career with the band, Dunn also was a session bassist for Staw Records at whom he performed thousands of records with legendary musicians such as Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, and many more.
Unfortunately, Booker T. & the M.G. bassist passed away in his sleep on the morning of May 13, 2012, at the age of 70 after finishing his fifth double show at the Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo with Cropper the night before where he was taking place as part of an ongoing tour with Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Although the cause of death wasn’t revealed, the passing of Dunn deeply affected his fans and all the musicians that admired him.
Recently, Duff McKagan shared a post on his official Instagram page revealing the gift he received from the Dunn family which was left to him by Donald Duck Dunn himself. While revealing those gifts, McKagan also revealed how he admired and appreciated the Booker T. & the M.G. bassist as a bass guitar player who had an influence on him.
On top of this, Guns N’ Roses bassist also looked back on the time when he spoke to Donald Duck Dunn on the phone and the two organized a meeting for jamming together. Unfortunately, the two legendary bassists didn’t get the opportunity to meet since ‘Duck’ Dunn passed away in that same year.
In his IG post, Duff McKagan captioned:
“Thank you to Jim Service (Richards Fortus guitar tech supreme) and the ‘Duck’ Dunn family for these belated gifts from the great himself. As a bass player, I am forever in debt to the path-makers of groove and dirt. I went down a rabbit-hole on DD’s playing before he passed and even spoke on the phone with him about sitting in a room and me just trying to inhale some of his vibes. We didn’t get a chance, as he passed that same year. RIP Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn.”
You can see the Instagram post below.