Rock musician Duff McKagan shares his passion for sports, music and more in a new weekly sports column in the “ESPN Music” section on ESPN.com. The founding member of GUNS N’ ROSES and current bands VELVET REVOLVER and LOADED debuted his first column on Wednesday, sharing with ESPN.com readers a little bit about himself, his fandom for his hometown teams in Seattle and more. An excerpt follows below.

“My name is Duff McKagan, and I play rock and roll music. The beer on ‘The Simpsons’ show was named after me, and not the other way around. (I suppose it is a testament to how much alcohol I used to drink. Yeah, not too sexy, really.) A couple of years ago, I was offered a weekly column for Playboy.com and Seattle Weekly after goofing around in several other publications with an article ‘here’ and an article ‘there’; it is now supposed that I am a writer to some degree.

“I have two bands at the moment: VELVET REVOLVER and LOADED. Some of you may remember me from GUNS N’ ROSES. I wish I remembered more from then …. Ha!

“I have played my music in most of our major league sports’ venues (football stadiums, basketball and hockey arenas). As a result, I was able to get all of the ‘behind the scenes’ vistas of these venues that most of us only wonder about. Pretty kick-ass. A whole lot of sports teams use my old band’s song ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ as their war cry. This fact alone could have probably sated some of you sports fans’ ‘Why him?’ inquiry. Honestly though, I am a huge sports fan myself, and am glad and honored to be given a bit of a pulpit here to voice some of my opinions and insights.”

Check out the entire debut column at ESPN.com.

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