Happy Birthday today (Feb. 5) to bassist Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses (54) and ex Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch (56).

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Duff McKagan is best known for his time spent as bassist for Guns N’ Roses. He was with the band for 12 years (1985-1997). After Guns N Roses,  McKagan formed his own band Loaded. He played bass in supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2002-2008. Velvet Revolver featured Duff, along with ex G N’ R bandmates Slash on guitar and Matt Sorum  on drums, along with rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland on vocals. He also played in Jane’s Addiction for a brief time in 2010.

Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Fast forward to 2016, as Duff McKagan returned to the Guns N’ Roses lineup. A highly anticipated reunion tour took place dubbed the Not in this Lifetime Tour... which I got to see at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and it was just an amazing show. I was happy to finally see the core, original lineup perform together after being such a longtime fan of the band. Cheers to Duff on his birthday today! Check out the official Guns N’ Roses website here.