McKagan kicked out of GnR bootleg shop
Duff McKagan has recalled the experience of being ordered out of a store specialising in Guns n’Roses illegal merchandise.
He was given his marching orders from a shop in Tokyo – because he was eating at the time.
McKagan explains in his Seattle Weekly blog: “My daughters have never been to Japan. The day before they arrived I decided to cab it over to Harajuku and do a little ‘recon’ of the area, so I could guide us through the maze with as much as ease as possible.
“Upon my arrival I ducked into a 7-11 type of store and got a nice peanut and rice cracker mixture. Perfect for eating and recon-ing on the go.
“Harajuku is connected by streets lined with themes shops – punk rock clothes, pastel-only skirt shops, early 80s beat-boy clothing, Star Wars. It becomes obvious that many of the shirts are bootlegs.”
The bassist says one shop window caught his eye because it was offering a shirt with both Metallica and GnR logos on it. That inspired him to enter the store for a closer look, and inside, he discovered more poor-quality bootleg material.
“I was looking at a skull-guys-on-the-cross GnR shirt,” he explains, “where we all looked more like chimps than dastardly rock’n'roll helions. I was asked to leave – for eating inside of the store.
“I was relieved that they didn’t recognise me. I rather hope that I look nothing like a skull-chimp type of rocker.”