"To my kids, by far the coolest thing about touring is the bus. Every bunk has its own little Tv, and all buses these days have Direct Tv. They couldn't really give a crap that I might be playing in front of 20,000 people - they've seen that a million times. No, Everything about the tour bus is cool to them. Even doing their homework on the bus is cool. After our shows, Mae and I played hide-and-seek and a new game she invented with a hacky-sack. Our nights were spent cuddled up in the back lounge watching a family movie together. She sleeps in the bunk above mine, and likes it when I reach my hand up to hold hers so that she feels secure and thus falls asleep knowing I am right there. I had to say good-bye to her at the airport in Des Moines, Iowa, as she flew back to L.A. with a trusted friend and I off to Finland. She wanted to come with me and not go back home (and back to school). We really had a great daddy-daughter bonding, and I miss her as I write this....
"I've got to say that I saw a few outstanding bands on this little Midwest swing. At the top of the list was Corey Taylor, doing solo gigs with some friends he grew up with. You may know Corey as the lead singer from Slipknot and Stone Sour, but I know him as a guy who just likes to rock and have fun doing it. His band out-Loaded Loaded as they came on stage to the 'Magnum P.I.' theme song doing a choreographed dance, and then proceeded to play 'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince. They Crushed it! The heavy-metal crowd was further bewildered when they saw their Slipknot hero go from the theme song from 'Cheers' into 'Pig' by Nine Inch Nails. It was absolutely superb. To me, when you can flat-out rock and also take the piss out of yourself...then you are doing something right."
Read McKagan's entire column at SeattleWeekly.com.
Fan-filmed video footage of Corey Taylor performing the Guns N' Roses classic "It's So Easy" with Duff Mckagan'S Loaded on May 30, 2009 at Rockfest in Kansas City, Missouri can be viewed below.