DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED the band led by VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan is playing seven sold-out shows in Germany as the opening act for MOTRHEAD. In the latest installment of his ESPN.com blog, McKagan writes about his touring partners, "MOTRHEAD came to be sometime around 1979. With a perfect mix of all the good parts of punk and heavy metal, MOTRHEAD forged the way as leaders to all of the rest of us who would shortly form bands.
"From METALLICA to MEGADETH to ALICE IN CHAINS, SOUNDGARDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, and on and on they all have noted MOTRHEAD as a key influence.
"And it's not just the music of MOTRHEAD that sets them apart from all of the rest of us. Lemmy's no-B.S. attitude toward touring and making records, and his relentless touring stamina, make everyone else rather pale and weak in comparison. He is like the Brett Favre of rock 'n' roll well, except Lemmy Kilmister is still playing and doesn't cry.
"Through all of the fads and assorted 'press darling' bands and artists over the past 30 or so years, MOTRHEAD just simply pinned their ears back and did what they wanted. They could never be bothered with trying to fit in. And their consistency remains a sort of explosive touchstone for all of us who need to be reminded of what is real and true and honest about rock music."
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