Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses recently took part in author Dan Jones’ livestream event called “In Conversation.” The bassist discussed the growing usage of AI in the music business and stated that he has no immediate intentions to experiment with this “invasion.” When Duff said: “Guys like me who have just raised their middle finger will always exist. They won’t even really pay attention to it; they’ll just keep inventing. I don’t think about it. It doesn’t worry me at all. It won’t have an impact on my inventiveness. Duff is hardly the only musician to weigh in on AI in the music business. Musicians like Joe Bonamassa, Brian May, and Ed Sheeran all offered their opinions. Joe discussed the drawbacks of AI, particularly in composition, but Brian is all for utilizing it to restore John Lennon’s voice.
On October 20th, the bassist will release a new solo album titled “Lighthouse.” The bassist revealed that his ability to continue writing solo work is largely because of his constant battle with panic episodes. The bassist just released three singles from his upcoming album. The bassist described how his first panic attack went as follows: “When I was 16 and getting ready for school, I experienced my first panic attack in my mother’s shower. I initially believed there had been an earthquake when the floor sank three feet. For the following couple of years, I only experienced these panic attacks and would be by myself since I believed I was truly alone. It was very horrifying. McKagan said that he struggled to deal with his panic attacks and eventually turned to songwriting for comfort. Duff continued “Throughout my 20s, I didn’t do a good job of managing panic episodes. My past of drinking and drug use was used to combat [them] as I self-medicated. A panic attack can be stopped with half a bottle of vodka.