Motley Crue Shouts Farewell

Text originally published in the Austin American-Statesman July 10, 2014 By David Glessner Special to the American-Statesman When they started the band in 1981, all they needed was a laugh. Who knew aiming so low would get Mötley Crüe so high? World-famous for more than three decades, the notorious sleaze-metal glam rockers have sold more…

Tool: The Weird Science of Alternative Metal

In 2006, I was fairly certain I could sooner have a beer with Bigfoot than land an interview with Tool. While the band dropped its mysterious shroud for international music publications like Rolling Stone and SPIN, it was rare for the guys to speak to every daily newspaper along the latest tour route. That grip of secrecy loosened a bit over time, but in 2006 — after multiple attempts — I still considered it a victory to finally score some Tool time.

Duff McKagan: From Booze, Drugs and Guns to Velvet Revolver and Hard-Won Sobriety

Michael “Duff” McKagan is lucky to have a pulse. As the former bassist for notorious rock hell-raisers Guns ‘N Roses, McKagan’s appetite for destruction microwaved his pancreas into an ugly splatter of drugs and booze. “You basically ingest everything that’s in front of you on a daily basis and you’ll get there,” he says, phoning from his latest tattoo session.