NEW YORK, NY – JULY 20: Duff McKagan (L) and Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses perform onstage during SiriusXM’s Private Show with Guns N’ Roses at The Apollo Theater before band embarks on next leg of its North American ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Tour on July 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM).
You may already know that Duff McKagan was in a punk band in Seattle before he became an integral part of Guns N’ Roses. They were called The Living, and he was just 17 years old when he joined. And keep in mind this was pre-grunge Seattle, in the early 80’s. In 1982, The Living recorded an album that was previously unheard, but is now set to be released for the first time on April 16th through Stone Gossard’s label (Pearl Jam).
It’s called The Living: 1982, features seven originally recorded songs, and will be available on three different colors of vinyl and digital. McKagan says, “The band gave me confidence because these were my songs,” he says. “It really helped to form me as a musician and a songwriter, and convinced me this was what I was going to do forever.”