Ex-Guns N’ Roses Bassist is Happy for Shaun Alexander

Photo by Julius! found on flickr

Photo by Julius! found on flickr

Duff McKagan is the bassist for Velvet Revolver and the frontman for his own band, Loaded, but he will forever be best known to people like me as the bassist for Guns N’ Roses. This means, of course, that you hear his bass at every sporting event in North America when the snippets from “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City” play, and I would’ve assumed (if I had ever thought about it) that that was about the extent of his involvement with professional sports.

It turns out, though, that he’s a devout Seattle sports fan and a blogger for Seattle Weekly, so ESPN tracked him down for an online chat. He proves himself a surprisingly knowledgeable fan and it’s an interesting read; there’s even a Redskins connection:

Charlie, Jackson MS: Any chance of a guns’ reunion, and how does Seattle feel about letting Shaun Alexander suiting up for Washington?

Duff McKagan: Shaun Alexander … good for him. He’s a good guy and none of us know what it is really like to be a pro football player. If you are a RB and you are taking all those injuries, we can all sit there and say ”attack the line!” but it’s just not that easy. He has a great football head and Zorn is a great coach for him to play for. He knows how good Alexander can be.

GnR reunion? You never know.

I left in the GnR reunion bit, because even the possibility of that — especially combined with the news that Chinese Democracy is FINALLY being released — makes me very happy.

Anyhow, I caught up with Shaun Alexander for a brief conversation about the comments.

Do you listen to any Guns N’ Roses?

“Yeah, Guns N’ Roses! Axl Rose! Welcome to the Jungle, sure.”

You think this is an informed assessment of the situation from their former bassist?

“I would have no idea. I don’t know how much he watches football or studies football.”

Do you remember any of their other songs besides “Welcome to the Jungle”?

“Sweet Child of Mine. And … we might be about done.”

Not bad.

“Did they sing November Rain?”

They did, yeah. Do his comments make you feel better about your signing here?


I wouldn’t think they would, really. What do you mostly listen to?

“Mostly Christian gospel and R&B.”

So kind of the opposite of Guns N’ Roses?

“Guns N’ Roses was more from high school, though.”

True. They haven’t released an album in a decade or something like that.[NOTE: I hadn’t heard the big news about Chinese Democracy at this point.]

“In high school, you listen to everything.”

Good point. Everything else going okay?

“Everything’s going REALLY well.”


And he walked away, looking slightly nonplussed by the entire conversation. But what does that matter — only 30 days and 11 hours (and counting down) until Chinese Democracy!


7 Responses

  1. Wow, I’m impressed he knew two of their songs. His stock just went up a little in my book.

  2. Matt- your skill at providing a multi-dimensionally interesting Redskins blog is truly amazing.

  3. Go to http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80a735b6 and look at Zorns face at 1:40

  4. This is great…I could feel the awkwardness coming out of my computer screen. Nicely done.

    Do you like GNR?
    I know a couple songs.

    But you don’t like them a lot?
    Not a lot, no.

    But you you like them a little?
    I guess so.

    What about his football comments?

    Great. How’s everything else going.
    REALLY well. Everything’s going REALLY well.

    Do you want to go now?

  5. Chinese Democracy was #1 on Sirius Octane last night and I heard for the 1st time… initial impression is that you won’t be impressed… unless you are stuck in the nineties. :-( Better off listening to Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold or Drowning Pool. YEAH!

  6. Thanks Matt. Especially for the release date of Chinese Democracy and where I can get it. I can’t believe it’s being released after all this time. Props my man!

  7. the new GNR single is garbage.

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