Duff McKagan Says Guns N' Roses and Motorhead Are Not Metal

03/15/2011
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(Gibson) Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan recently ruminated on what bands are considered metal and what bands are not. While speaking to UGO.com about his new album with Loaded, The Talking, McKagan weighed in on the metal question.

"See, I don't know what is 'heavy metal,'" he said. "I was on That Metal Show yesterday, and they were [discussing] heavy metal drummers... and they didn't have John Bonham. 'Well, he's not metal.' But then they had Bill Ward from Black Sabbath. But if heavy metal is Slipknot, it would probably be Joey [Jordison]; he's killer."

McKagan went on to question if Led Zeppelin could be considered metal, but removed GN'R from the metal camp. "What else is metal? If Led Zeppelin is metal, then hands down, John Bonham. But Guns N' Roses is not I would say we were not a metal band," he said. "Metal to me when I was coming up was like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. That was metal. And Motorhead wasn't metal to me." more on this story

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