In his latest blog for Seattle Weekly, DUFF MCKAGAN (ex- GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED) writes:
"So we make it to Heathrow and run with all of our guitars and whatnot... we have 45 minutes until this flight takes off. Will they accept our baggage this late? Can we even make this flight? Do I smell as bad as I think I do? Ah, the highs from that Donington gig are starting to wear off.
We make it through security, and then to our gate. Ahhh, we are all good. Stressed a bit, for sure, but all good.
We get on the plane and they shut the doors, and then the pilot gets on the PA system and announces that we will be sitting here for an hour... with no power on. The heat on the plane is oppressive, and I start to get claustrophobic (a plight that has plagued me for years). To add to this, there is a Japanese soccer team in the back of the plane, and they are all hacking their lungs out. My pores are open, and my immune system is run-down. Fuck.
The highs from the Donington gig, just a few short hours earlier, are officially gone. And this, my friends, is basically how it goes on a rock tour.
The next day in Prague, we played a gig with THE MISFITS. For a punk-rock dude like me, that was pretty all right. But I did get sick from those dudes on our plane. Really sick. Nothin' you can do but forge on. The day after that, we played the Nova Rock festival in Vienna, Austria, with DANZIG this time. Again, pretty fucking cool for me.
The virus I got from that soccer team finally passed through.
This week, we are playing a string of gigs with my new most-favorite band, DOWN. Phil Anselmo turned me on to a Swedish band called GHOST, who wear masks and hide their real identities--AND blindfold their interviewers when they take them to do a interview. Cool. I dig that kind of stuff. The majesty and hilarity of rock is still alive and well in Sweden, I guess."
To read Duff's blog in its entirety, click here.
Duff's complete tour itinerary can be found at this location.