Duff McKagan has continually expressed his unabashed love for Prince and his music. Saying things such as:
“I have been a die-hard Prince fan since the early ’80s. When Controversy came out in 1981, a punker friend of mine in Seattle demanded that I listen to it. Prince was unlike anyone else. When 1999 came out in 1982, the record transformed my insides.”
Duff even credits Prince for inspiring him to follow his dreams of becoming a rock star.
“When Purple Rain hit, I was free and starting to take life by the balls. That record was the soundtrack to my life and gave me the confidence to move to L.A. at 19, with nothing more than belief in myself. Prince’s music can do that.”
The death of his idol on April 21, 2016 hit Duff pretty hard. He sent out this message from his official twitter (@DuffMcKagan)
I caught a couple of Guns N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime” tour shows and couldn’t get over his subtle tribute to his idol by adding the famous Prince “Symbol” to his signature 1986 White Fender Jazz Bass Special.
Check out some of the feelnumb.com EXCLUSIVE photos of Duff and his Prince bass.
Once again, rest in peace Prince and thank you for inspiring people like Duff to follow their dreams. Click below to see that last photos of Prince alive.