The rock icon steps into the spotlight with a new solo album and a new line of signature basses.
In 2016, Duff McKagan played at the Grammys with the Alice Cooper-fronted supergroup the Hollywood Vampires. Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had recently passed away, so Cooper wanted to perform “Ace of Spades” as a tribute to the venerable iron man of rock and metal. “Alice asked about playing it at the rehearsals a couple days before, ’cause I mean, Lemmy’s gone, right?” recalls McKagan. “As much as Iggy Pop or anything else, those Motörhead songs are part of my makeup, you know? So he’s singing it at the rehearsal and I’m joining in [on vocals], and he’s like, ‘Fuck, I just can’t get the cadence of this down.’ So we kept working it, and we got to the Grammy rehearsals, and he’s like, ‘Would you just sing the whole song with me?’ I’m like, ‘No problem, man.’ So that was kind of fun.” Kind of fun? To say that Duff McKagan has lived a charmed life would be a massive understatement. He’s arguably one of the most commercially successful and styl