Loaded (also known as Duff McKagan’s Loaded) is an American hard rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1999. Since 2001, the band’s line-up has included singer and rhythm guitar player Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver and formerly of Guns N’ Roses), lead guitar player Mike Squires (formerly of Nevada Bachelors and Alien Crime Syndicate) and bass player Jeff Rouse (formerly of Alien Crime Syndicate, Sirens Sister, and Vendetta Red). Since 2009, Isaac Carpenter (formerly of Loudermilk, Gosling, and The Exies) has been the band’s drummer, replacing Geoff Reading (formerly of New American Shame and Green Apple Quick Step).
McKagan first formed Loaded to be his touring band in support of his fresh new solo record Beautiful Disease. The first group included Michael Barragan (formerly of Plexi), Dez Cadena (formerly of Black Flag), and Taz Bentley (formerly of The Reverend Horton Heat). The band disbanded before the end of 1999. After working on new music with drummer Geoff Reading, Loaded was reformed in 2001, adding guitar player Mike Squires and Jeff Rouse to the line-up, though both were briefly replaced by guitarist Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, formerly of Wasted Youth and Electric Love Hogs) and bass player George Stuart Dahlquist (formerly of Asva and Burning Witch) in 2002.
Following McKagan and Kushner’s involvement in “The Project” that would later become Velvet Revolver, Loaded were put on hiatus, though they still played performances on occasion. following the departure of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland from Velvet Revolver, Loaded came back from hiatus in 2008 to album and release their second record. The not long after year, Reading left the band and was replaced by Isaac Carpenter. To date, Loaded have gave us two studio albums, Dark Days (2001) and Sick (2009), one extended play called Wasted Heart (2008), and one live record called Episode 1999: Live (1999). Their third studio record entitled The Taking is was issued on April 19, 2011 during a feature length film, on both the album and Loaded, by filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlin is to be gave us the same year.