Just weeks before Guns N’ Roses mount a massive arena tour – with classic-lineup members Duff McKagan and Slash back in the fold – bassist McKagan is putting out a documentary about his life story. The film, It’s So Easy and Other Lies, captures a special performance he held at a Seattle Theatre in 2013 when he was promoting his like-titled first memoir. It’s due out this summer.
A trailer, which is premiering here, shows a mix of animation, performance and talking-head commentary, beginning with the story of how the bassist left Seattle for Los Angeles and ultimately met his Guns N’ Roses bandmates. Slash, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx all make appearances and lend commentary.
The clip begins with an overlapping account of how McKagan came to join GN’R after answering a “musician wanted” classified in a local paper. “I put an ad in the Recycler, and in walked this six-foot-plus guy in a red-and-black, full-length trench coat,” Slash recalls. Then McKagan, filmed at his show, takes over: “I walked in, looked at the first booth on the left and saw all this hair,” he says.
It also recounts how alcohol eventually got the better of the bassist. McKagan talks about enduring a sharp, stabbing pain that made him wish for death. “And that was all the rehab I needed,” he says. Later, after the bassist talks about the things he lives for, a montage of his family plays.
Filmmaker Christopher Duddy, who previously worked on visual effects for Terminator 2, Total Recall and Titanic, directed the documentary. Screenings of It’s So Easy and Other Lies will take place around the country on May 26th and June 1st, and the film opens exclusively in L.A. on June 3rd.