Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Duff McKagan: new columnist for ESPN.com

If you’ve been following hennemusic for a while now, you know that Duff McKagan is a sports fan, especially of his beloved Seattle Seahawks.

The bassist-turned-student-turned-writer already writes for Seattle Weekly and has written for others, and now he gets to indulge his love of sports as a new weekly columnist for ESPN.com.

Duff’s first column – in the Life section - was posted Wednesday; here’s a peek at how Duff introduced himself to his new sports readers:

My name is Duff McKagan, and I play rock and roll music. The beer on "The Simpsons" show was named after me, and not the other way around. (I suppose it is a testament to how much alcohol I used to drink. Yeah, not too sexy really.) A couple of years ago, I was offered a weekly column for Playboy.com and Seattle Weekly after goofing around in several other publications with an article "here" and an article "there"; it is now supposed that I am a writer to some degree.

I have two bands at the moment: Velvet Revolver and Loaded. Some of you may remember me from Guns N' Roses. I wish I remembered more from then …. Ha!

I have played my music in most of our major league sports' venues (football stadiums, basketball and hockey arenas). As a result, I was able to get all of the "behind the scenes" vistas of these venues that most of us only wonder about. Pretty kick-ass. A whole lot of sports teams use my old band's song "Welcome To The Jungle" as their war cry. This fact alone could have probably sated some of you sports fans' "Why him?" inquiry. Honestly though, I am a huge sports fan myself, and am glad and honored to be given a bit of a pulpit here to voice some of my opinions and insights.

Check out Duff’s full column here

Guns Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses w/guest Duff McKagan – You Could Be Mine
02 Arena – London, UK – October 14, 2010


See also:

Duff McKagan shares his New Year’s resolutions
Duff McKagan writes about surgery and cocaine abuse
Duff McKagan writing autobiography
Duff McKagan: I’m not back on cocaine
Duff McKagan undergoing sinus surgery