Believe in Me (Duff McKagan album)

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Believe in Me
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1993
GenreHard rock[1]
ProducerDuff McKagan and Jim Mitchell
Duff McKagan chronology
Believe in Me
Beautiful Disease
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Believe in Me is Duff McKagan's first solo album, released on September 28, 1993. At its peak, the album reached #137 on the Billboard 200 and is believed to have sold about 100,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed]


Believe in Me is featuring such notable guests as Duff's then former Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash, Matt Sorum, Dizzy Reed and Gilby Clarke, Skid Row members Sebastian Bach, Rob Affuso and Dave Sabo, Lenny Kravitz and Jeff Beck.

The song, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory", from the Guns N' Roses album, "The Spaghetti Incident?", was recorded during the sessions for this album.

"Man in the Meadow" is an elegy to McKagan's late friend Todd Crew of Jetboy.[citation needed]


In early 1993, a 3 track single "Believe in Me" was released with b-sides "Bambi" (a cover of Prince) and "Cracked Actor" (a cover of David Bowie). Promo singles "Punk Rock Song", "Man in the Meadow" and "I Love You" were also released.

A music video for the song "Believe in Me" was also released in 1993 and received minimal airplay on MTV.[citation needed] It is mostly compiled of low quality videos of Duff McKagan during his touring and recording time.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Believe in Me" (featuring Slash) – 3:23
  2. "I Love You" – 4:14
  3. "Man in the Meadow" (featuring West Arkeen) – 4:50
  4. "(F@*ked Up) Beyond Belief" (featuring Jeff Beck and Matt Sorum) – 3:29
  5. "Could It Be U" (featuring Dizzy Reed) – 3:04
  6. "Just Not There" (featuring Slash) – 3:34
  7. "Punk Rock Song" – 1:37
  8. "The Majority" (featuring Lenny Kravitz) – 3:10
  9. "10 Years" (featuring Gilby Clarke) – 4:29
  10. "Swamp Song" (featuring Jeff Beck) – 3:04
  11. "Trouble" (featuring Sebastian Bach and Dave "The Snake" Sabo) – 3:12
  12. "F@*k You" – 3:24
  13. "Lonely Tonite" (featuring Dave "The Snake" Sabo) – 3:03
Bonus tracks on 2009 Japanese reissue
  1. "Bambi"
    • B-side to "Believe in Me" single
  1. "Cracked Actor"
    • B-side to "Believe in Me" single


  • Duff McKagan - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, drums, backing vocals
  • Joie Mastrokalos - lead guitar (touring band member), backing vocals on "Swamp Song" and "Fuck You"
  • Richard Duguay - bass (touring band member)
  • Aaron Brooks - drums (touring band member)
  • Teddy Andreadis - organ, clavinet[2]
  • Slash - lead guitar on "Believe in Me" and "Just Not There"
  • Dizzy Reed - piano, farfisa organ, backing vocals on "Could It Be You"
  • Matt Sorum - drums on "(Fucked up) Beyond Belief"
  • Gilby Clarke - rhythm guitar and backing vocals on "10 Years"
  • Jeff Beck - lead guitar on "(Fucked up) Beyond Belief" and "Swamp Song"
  • Lenny Kravitz - vocals on "The Majority"
  • Sebastian Bach - vocals on "Trouble"
  • Dave "The Snake" Sabo - guitar on "Trouble" and "Lonely Tonite"
  • West Arkeen - guitar on "Man in the Meadow", "Swamp Song" and "Fuck You"
  • Rob Affuso - drums on "Swamp Song" and "Fuck You"
  • Bobbie Brown - backing vocals on "Believe In Me"
  • London McDaniel - bridge vocals on "Man in the Meadow", percussion on "The Majority"
  • Doc Newmann - rap vocals on "Fuck You"


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN – Believe In Me « Metal Excess". 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2012-01-16.