'It’s So Easy and Other Lies,' based on Duff McKagan's memoir, hits theaters in June

By Evan Slead
May 23, 2016 at 04:16 PM EDT
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Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s memoir It’s So Easy and Other Lies is about to hit the big screen as a documentary, and ahead of its release EW has an exclusive first look at the film.

This new clip reveals the budding relationship between Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses as they hit the road to perform. Motley Crue’s bassist Nikki Sixx recalls seeing the band in their early days, thinking, “They’re just like us, they’re coming up, and let’s give them a break. Ozzie gave us a break.” Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash remembers the close-knit feeling of touring with the Crue, while the clip ends with an excerpt from McKagan’s memoir in which he recalls earning their first number one and celebrating with label executives and a “f–ing sheetcake.”

Filmmaker Christopher Duddy tells EW in an email, “Duff and I had been friends [and] neighbors for a long time before he wrote It’s So Easy and Other Lies. He asked me to read it and I was really inspired by his ultimate survival story.” The memoir details the meteoric rise to fame and fortune, his near-fatal struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his remarkable life transformation. “It’s very moving the way the music in this live show lends itself and really supports what the audience is watching in a very emotional and powerful way,” Duddy told EW.

The film hits theaters on June 3 with event screenings taking place nationwide on May 26 and June 1. See a sneak peek below.