Guns N' Roses Didn't Steal 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Says McKagan
(Radio.com) A few days ago, Australian website Max TV asked whether Guns N' Roses plagiarized their 1987 classic "Sweet Child O' Mine" from an earlier song by an Australian band called Australian Crawl, "Unpublished Critics," from 1981.
Radio.com spoke with former Guns bassist Duff McKagan--currently of a band called Walking Papers--and asked him about the controversy. He's denying it. Completely.
"A friend of mine just sent me that video," he says, which plays excerpts of both songs. "It is pretty stunning," he admits. However, he is quick to add, "But we didn't steal it from them! I swear [puts his hand on his heart], I never heard that song until a couple of days ago."
But, McKagan says, he's kind of puzzled as to why, two-and-a-half decades later, the allegations are just coming to light: "How is that [information] just coming out now?"
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