Birmingham held their yearly Guitar Show yesterday and I went along with Rotosound for a photo shoot with Duff McKagan. A really great booking for me on a personal level as well – being a Guns ‘n’ Roses fan since my early teens. I think ‘Appetite for Destruction’ was one of the first albums I ever bought with my pocket money on the week of its’ release and to this day is probably my favourite album of all time.
Duff was greeted with a very long queue of eager fans at the Rotosound stand, clutching their most prized and some very rare G’n’R, Velvet Revolver and Loaded items. The signing went on for a good 2 hours but Duff didn’t show any signs of being tired or even jet lagged after flying in from New York less than a day ago. He took his time with each person; calling them by name, chatting, taking pictures and signing.
After the queues had subsided I had a shoot with him for the Rotosound campaign in the press suite.
(Picture with thanks to Dan)
Duff left shortly after to get some sleep before another day at the guitar show.
Amazing guitarist and extremely humble guy Guthrie Govan was also there to do a signing after Duff. We had a good laugh as the posters provided for his signing I had taken the picture. We recounted his and Alex’s fun shoot day last year and Guthrie signed one for me, getting a bit creative with the Sharpie – he wanted evil black eyes! Alex Hutchings was there too demo-ing on the Roland stand.
A really great vibe to the Show, it was a lot smaller than I imagined it would be.
I took a couple of quick snaps of my other pictures that were on the display stands there – was really cool to see my work so big!
Look out for the promos of Duff in coming issues of guitar mags and Rotosound promotional materials. What a day!