Coups And Security Checks For DUFF MCKAGAN

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, who currently fronts his own band DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED, has penned a blog for The New York Times about his travel exeriences. An excerpt follows below.

"I've been flying to work for the last quarter-century.

"And I've had my share of foreign-soil adventures, like escaping a coup attempt by Hugo Chávez in 1992, when GUNS N' ROSES was playing in Venezuela.

"I didn't know what a coup was. I didn't even know how to spell it. All I knew was that it didn't bode well for us.

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"Fortunately for me, Mr. Chávez liked our band and waited for our chartered plane to leave before he strafed the airport.

"That particular trip to South America also involved a bribe of $30,000 to another country's immigration service so we could play our show. Yes, this stuff does happen. We actually employed a guy who spoke both Spanish and Portuguese to go to some of these countries beforehand to find out which officials we had to pay off.

"I rarely fly a charter anymore. Now it's all commercial when I play with VELVET REVOLVER or my band, LOADED. All I want to do is to get from Point A to Point B with as little hassle as possible."

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