Duff McKagan and his former band Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on April 14, and to coincide with the induction, Duff will celebrate with a book reading at the House Of Blues in Cleveland on April 13. His appearance is billed as ‘A Punk’s Revue.’
McKagan will read selections from his memoir, to be released on paperback on March 20, with musical accompaniment by Mike Squires on guitar, Jeff Rouse on bass and Paul Huxtler on pedal steel guitar. The presentation will include photos and video as well.
McKagan told Cleveland.com, I want to make my book come alive. I’m a book nerd….I’ve been to readings. Henry Rollins is a great reader. But I’m not that intense, like he is. When I read Upton Sinclair’s ‘King Coal’ or something, it’s a 3-D story. You’re on that mountain. And you’re in that coalmine. And you smell the mules. I thought, ‘How do I do this?’ My story is 3-D, too, hopefully.
“So I got this band behind me. . . . These guys play music, little snippets from my whole career. Even punk-rock stuff that I read about. It’s really interesting. Really cool. Really fun.”
McKagan was asked if there was any chance one or more of his former GN’R bandmates might join McKagan onstage at the House Of Blues book reading?
“I don’t know,” he said. “That would be awesome. I should probably put the invitation out first. I think it would be a lot of fun to get somebody there.
“I’m doing this book thing because I’m gonna be there. If I find out somebody else is going, I’m gonna definitely invite ’em. And maybe get somebody to read a chapter.
“Who knows? I don’t know. That’s a month away, and it seems like it’s about five years away. There’s been so much made of this thing.”
Fans in Los Angeles can look forward to a signing at Book Soup on March 24. Read the first 20 pages of the book here: www.scribd.com