In August of 1997, after 12 years with the band, bassist Duff McKagan quit Guns N' Roses, leaving singer Axl Rose as the sole remaining original member of the genre-revitalizing group.

In a 1999 interview, McKagan explains that he was tired of the band becoming run almost entirely by Rose: "I went out for dinner with Axl and I told him, “Enough is enough. This band is a dictatorship and I don’t see myself playing in those conditions. Find someone else.”

Although the two didn't see eye to eye then, it seems there is much respect between these bandmates, with McKagan even joining the new-look GN'R on-stage at a few shows in recent years.