Iggy Pop recalls working with Guns N' Roses duo Slash and Duff McKagan: "They arrived with a gallon of vodka and a bowl of blow"

Iggy Pop, Duff McKagan, Slash
(Image credit: Iggy Pop - Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy / Duff McKagan and Slash - Mike Coppola/Getty Images )

Duff McKagan is one of the featured players on Iggy Pop's just-released Every Loser album, and in a new interview in the new issue of Classic Rock, the Godfather of Punk recalls the beginnings of his long-standing friendship with Guns N' Roses' bassist.

"I've known Duff since he was in his early twenties," Pop tells Classic Rock's Ian Fortnam. "Both he and Slash worked on [Iggy’s 1990 album] Brick By Brick. I used to go over to Duff’s house – at the time he was trying to decide between the Playboy model he was dating and the weather girl – and rehearse. One time Slash was three hours late because, he said, 'I’m sorry but my snake escaped into the wall'."

Recalling the trio's somewhat unorthodox working methods, Pop says, "Before we set to work they said: “We’ll have to have a discussion before we start.” So they arrived with a gallon of vodka and a bowl of blow and, as a result of living through that, I got to know them pretty well."

Pop's 19th solo album, Every Loser is reviewed in the new issue of Classic Rock, with Ian Fortnam calling it "a stone-cold classic", noting "Every Loser captures an Iggy Pop never more ready to be himself."

Elsewhere in his CR interview, Pop reflects upon becoming accepted by the mainstream, and his Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.

"Things changed and society met me halfway," he states. "The Grammys kept wanting to talk to me on the phone and I kept telling my manager: 'I don’t want to talk to them. I hate those people. They want me to be an exhibit in their museum or something.' Then when I finally spoke to the lady from the Grammys a couple of months later she said: 'We’re giving you the lifetime achievement. Without you there’s no Lil Nas X and there’s no Billie Eilish.' According to her, 'You’re a direct link to the artists that are at the top of our awards list this year.' So that’s what one person had to say, and I’ll take that for what it’s worth."

Read the full interview with Iggy Pop in the new issue of Classic Rock, which also features exclusive interviews with Rush and former Thin Lizzy duo Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. 

Classic Rock 310 cover, featuring Phil Lynott

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The Godfather of Punk will headline a huge outdoor show in London this summer, supported by Blondie and Generation Sex, a UK punk supergroup featuring former Generation X men Billy Idol and Tony James, and former Sex Pistols duo Steve Jones and Paul Cook.

The one-day event, titled Dog Day Afternoon, will take place at Crystal Palace Park on Saturday July 1: tickets are available now via Tickermaster.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.