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Duff McKagan Reveals How Much Money He Made From His First Guns N’ Roses Royalty Check

  • Guns N’ Roses put a ton of effort into promoting Appetite for Destruction when it was first released, opening for acts like Aerosmith, The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden.
  • Before the album became a best seller, the band wasn’t earning much money, reveals Duff McKagan to WTF with Marc Maron. In fact, “our roadies made more — we’d have to borrow money from our roadies to eat,” he says.
  • As radio play increased and MTV entered their videos into rotation, the royalty checks started rolling in, which was a blessing and a curse, according to the bassist.
  • “I got a check — my first check I got was $80,000. From [having] nothing! And I was scared of the money. I didn’t know what money was,” McKagan admits, adding that the cash fueled the band’s hard partying.
  • How much was in your first paycheck? What did you do with the money?
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