Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan ‘Flips The Finger’ At Invasion In Music

Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan recently was a part of the ‘In Conversation’ livestream with author Dan Jones. The bassist shared his thoughts about the increasing use of AI in the music industry and said he has no plans to dabble with this ‘invasion’ anytime soon. Duff expressed:

“You’re going always to have guys like me who [have] just got their middle finger up. They’re going to just keep creating and not even pay attention to it, really. I don’t pay attention to it. I’m not worried about it. It’s not going to affect my creativity.”

Duff isn’t the only musician to give his two cents about AI and the music industry. Musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Brian May, and Joe Bonamassa also shared their take. While Brian is all for using AI to bring  John Lennon‘s voice back, Joe shared the downsides of AI, especially in songwriting.

The bassist is gearing up to release a new solo album called ‘Lighthouse’ on October 20th. The bassist, who released three singles from his upcoming album, shared that his ability to continue writing solo material is largely due to his ongoing struggle with panic attacks.

The bassist recalled the first time he suffered from a panic attack by sharing:

“I got my first panic attack when I was 16 in my mum’s shower getting ready for school. The floor dropped three feet, and I thought there was an earthquake. I thought I was really alone, so for the next couple of years, I just had these panic attacks, and I’d be alone. It was f*cking terrifying.”

McKagan explained that he had difficulty coping with his panic attacks and eventually found solace in writing songs. Duff added:

“I didn’t do a good job of dealing with panic attacks throughout my 20s. I self-medicated, and my history of drinking and drug taking, that was to battle [them]. Half a bottle of vodka will kill a panic attack.”

You can read Duff McKagan’s ‘In Conversation’ livestream with author Dan Jones here.