Duff McKagan's Loaded Bio:
Duff McKagan, having carved out a place in rock 'n roll history, requires no lengthy introduction. His former band, Guns 'n Roses, and current supergroup, Velvet Revolver, have traveled the world selling millions of records.
Loaded was formed in 1999 and has morphed several times, releasing two albums: 1999's "Live Episode" album and 2001's "Dark Days" and 2008's "Wasted Heart" EP. The current line-up features drummer Geoff Reading (New American Shame, Green Apple Quickstep), bassist Jeff Rouse and guitarist Mike Squires (both formerly of Alien Crime Syndicate). This tight-knit group of rock 'n roll brothers brings their high-energy to every stage, from Seattle's Sunset Tavern to Tokyo's NK Hall.
“To me, Loaded is a group of equals. This isn’t a solo project where I pay some hired hands to play my songs. I might have the name, but we’re a real band. These guys aren’t afraid of me. And people are coming to the shows because they like Loaded, not because they’re fans of something else I’ve done.”
So, how would McKagan sum up this band for those who’ve never seen or heard them before? “Loaded is the band to make you realise how seriously the music industry takes itself.”