DUFF MCKAGAN Rocking The South

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan has penned the latest installment of his weeky column, which appears every Thursday on Reverb at SeattleWeekly.com. An excerpt follows below.

"I am back out on the road with LOADED. This is our first-ever foray into the U.S. rock marketplace. A band like LOADED is perhaps a risky endeavor, considering the more mainstream leanings of the American ear.

"East and West Coast cities (Seattle, New York, Boston, L.A.) are places that harbor a music scene that allows for all types of bands to come through and find an audience. In the true spirit of LOADED, however, we did things the hard way and started our tour last week in the South. Huh?

"Let me preface this subject by saying that I think the southern part of the U.S. is stunningly beautiful and its people extremely charming, affable, and friendly. The South, however, is a place a rock band might come after they have 'broken' a bit worldwide, or at least nationwide. I'm not sure why, but the South is often the last place record companies try to market a band — perhaps because it is more spread out and rural, and hence it's tougher to spread the 'word.'"

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Read McKagan's entire column at SeattleWeekly.com.

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