Though Guns N' Roses are known for their years running the Sunset Strip in L.A., bassist Duff McKagan is from Seattle, and had actually played in a few punk bands in the early music scene there. On an episode of Rock This With Allison Hagendorf, he detailed his first time meeting Slash, and how the Seattle scene greatly differed from Los Angeles.
"[Seattle] was a small scene, we all knew each other," McKagan recalled. "We did what we wanted to do, we didn't care what anybody said. People would think Seattle people were fucking weird, but we had each others' backs. We went to each others' gigs. When somebody like Green River would try something new, it's like 'Fucking great. We're in.'"