On pages 221 and 222 of his autobiography It’s So Easy and Other Lies, Duff McKagan claimed that he signed the GNR partnership agreement on July 5, 1993 under duress backstage at a Guns N’ Roses concert in Barcelona, Spain.
“With the crowd outside already getting rowdy, the guy then implied Axl wouldn’t go onstage that night unless we signed the documents.”
“I pictured people getting hurt if a riot started–at least that was my fear. And I was so fucking exhausted–it felt as though I’d been dragging a house around behind me for the last two years. Besides, at the time I never thought GN’R could possibly exist without us. The idea seemed ridiculous. and in that case, maybe the documents didn’t need to be fixed?”
“Fuck it. I signed. So did Slash.”
Although Duff had claimed he and Slash signed the agreement in 1993, Slash told Entertainment Weekly in 2002 that he and Duff signed the GNR partnership agreement in 1992 under duress backstage at a Guns N’ Roses concert.
“Before a gig one night in ’92, [Axl] hands us a contract saying that if the band breaks up, he’s taking the name.”
“Unfortunately, we signed it. I didn’t think he’d go on stage otherwise.”
While Duff claimed it was a show in 1993 and Slash claimed it was a show in 1992, their stories have the following in common:
• Both claim they signed backstage at a Guns N’ Roses concert.
• Both claim they signed the same day.
• Both claim they signed because they feared Axl would refuse to take the stage that night.
Axl Rose has adamantly denied their claims, correctly pointing out that if their stories were true, the agreement would be null and void due to having been signed under duress.
So when exactly did Slash and Duff sign the partnership agreement? Let’s find out:
Guns N’ Roses ended the US leg of their tour in ’92 on October 6, 1992 in Seattle, Washington. Guns N’ Roses did not play another show until November 25, 1992 in Caracas, Venezuela (almost two months later).
Slash signed the agreement on October 15, 1992. Duff McKagan signed the agreement on October 21, 1992.
Guns N’ Roses was not on tour when either signed the agreement. It is literally 100% impossible for Slash or Duff to be telling the truth. This is not just a question of forgetting dates, this is a question of diabolically perpetrating a fraud on the public for the sole purpose of demonizing Axl Rose.
For over ten years, fans have wondered who was telling the truth and we now have definitive proof that vindicates Axl.
Guns N’ Roses was not on tour when Slash and Duff McKagan signed the GNR partnership agreement.
Not only is it literally impossible for their version of events to be true, but it’s impossible for their version of events to be anything less than a manipulative ruse specifically designed to make fans believe that Axl was willing to put their safety at risk as a negotiating ploy and that Slash and Duff had heroically put the safety of the fans in front of their own business interests.
If Slash and Duff were willing to tell such a blatant and monumental lie to turn the public against Axl and gain favor for themselves, what else have they lied about?