WINNERS ANNOUNCED!Congratulations to all the winners in the House of Hair’s recent Duff McKagan giveaway. Nah, we didn’t give away Duff himself, but we did hand out 25 copies of the new CD from Duff McKagan’s Loaded called Sick. One lucky winner also scored the grand prize – an autographed guitar and personal phone call from Duff! In fact, she’s gonna talk to Duff at 2:15pm today, so don’t be tying up her phone line!
Grand Prize Winner:
Suzanne Palafoutas, Chula Vista, CA – KZOZ
Suzanne’s winning entry:
Ten random reasons why I should win the contest: 1. “Sick” fits my physical state – I’ve been on cold medicine for a week. The CD would be a homeopathic solution to my ailment. 2. I have call waiting, so Duff won’t ever get a busy signal, and yes, I do click over. 3. I never wanted to get loaded with Duff — in this case, I would make an exception. 4. I’ve completely worn out my Wasted Heart EP and need a replacement. 5. I am anti-eBay and would keep the guitar forever — you cannot put a price on that! 6. I’ve been a fan of Duff’s since AFD and truly appreciate his musical talents. 7. The guitar would likely come from LA and since I live in CA, House of Hair would save on shipping costs. So, economically it’s a win-win for everyone. 8. I am proud of Duff’s musical achievements, his proverbial writings, and his overall genuineness as an individual and it would be awesome to tell him directly. 9. I would only let skilled guitar players touch the guitar because anyone else is not worthy of playing such an instrument. If Duff’s name is on it, only beautiful sounds shall it evoke. 10. Loaded rocks and so must I!
CD winners are:
Jason Knight, Graniteville, SC – listening online
Cheyenne Hennessey, Grahamsville, NY -WPDH 101.5
Troy Maturin , Kaplan, LA – KXOR 106.3
Rick Roggow, Reed City, MI – WCKC 107.1 The Bear
Hunter Williams, Leland, NC – WXQR 105.5
Robert Glover, Madison, TN – WRQQ 97.1
Janice Golden, Cross, SC – WIXV 95.5
Erin Cosgrove, Fort St. John, BC Canada – CKNL 101.5 The Bear
Patti Gonyea, Syracuse, NY – listening online
Jennifer White, Dubuque, IA – KXGE 102.3 The Eagle
Kenneth Bishop, Hinesville, GA – WIXV 95.5
Adam Volpe, Brockton, MA – WHJY 94.1
Ken Bigora, Remsenburg, NY – WRCN 103.9
Cassie “BHC” Hawks, Alexis, IL – WLSR 92.7 The Laser
Wilbert (Webb) Reffitt III, Westland, MI – WRIF 101.1 & WIOT 104.7
Lacie Hensley, Weaverville, NC – WTMT 105.9 The Mountain
Marissa Oberhelman, Flagstaff, AZ – KMGN 93.9
Steve Langford, Nanaimo, BC Canada – WRCN in NY
Jeff Hunt, Duryea, PA – WEZX 106.9
Denyse Gipple, New Sharon, IA – KAZR 103.3 The Lazer
Joseph Perozzi, Audubon, NJ – WMMR 93.3
Jason Alberts, Oshkosh, WI – WTCX 96.1
Mary Beth Mohnach, White Plains, NY – listening online
Tim Lay, Las Vegas, NV – listening online
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Mike Jakubow at Century Media for already sending out the guitar and the CD’s and setting up the phone call with Duff. If we had your organizational skills, Mike, we’d rule the world!!
Prizes should arrive within 3 weeks of posted winner names.
Thanks to ALL the HOH and Metal Fans who entered the contest!
– Dee and the House of Hair Team!
Get “LOADED” with Duff McKagan!
Win a copy of Duff McKagan’s Loaded new “Sick” CD, and qualify to win his autographed guitar AND a personal phone call! 25 winners will get the new “Sick” CD and one grand prize winner will be chosen to win Duff’s autographed guitar and a personal phone call. Hey, maybe you can ask him about some of your favorite riffs!
Just tell us why you should win the CD, the guitar and the chance to talk to Duff. Entries will be judged on sincerity, humor, and general “rockness”. Blow us away – in 200 words or less! Only enter once, or your entries will be tossed. And don’t leave those fields blank – how will we get in touch with you when you win the guitar??
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
About Duff McKagan
Following 2008’s “Wasted Heart” EP from DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED, the band will release, “Sick” on April 7th. It’s the first full-length studio album in eight years from the former GUNS N’ ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER bassist.
Duff McKagan. A man with a big reputation through his involvement with major bands. Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver…you know the drill. But this isn’t about mega headlines, superstar status and volcanic ego mania. Loaded isn’t a band merely to fill in time, to allow the famed bassist to massage a hyper publicity drive. This is all about…music!
“When this band started in 1998, I was at college studying business,” recalls McKagan, who actually plays guitar and sings with this lot. “But I was sickened by all the crap music going around at the time. Seriously, I hated all these big bands who were coming through. So, I put together Loaded to play rock music the way I wanted to do it. We had no great gameplan or philosophy. We just wanted to get into the rehearsal room, begin writing songs and play music we felt.”
To some, Loaded might appear to have a punk rock influence. Actually, this is closer to the mark than you might believe. Forget about the musicality being close to punk, it’s the attitude, as McKagan is keen to explain: “When I was about 14, I saw The Clash play at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. That was in 1978, and it was amazing. I was expecting this superstar band to come onstage. Instead, the opposite occurred. The Clash were telling everyone that, ‘We’re all in this together. The musicians, the fans, we’re part of one family’. That idea’s never left me.”
McKagan has hand-picked the members of this band, feeling that each brings something special into the camp. “It’s not as if I bumped into all of them on the street and things happened by accident. I saw Geoff Reading play drums with Green Apple Quickstep (a cult mid-1990s Seattle band) and he was just an animal behind the kit. I knew then that I wanted to work with him at some point. Mike Squires and Jeff Rouse (guitar and bass, respectively) I watched with their band Alien Crime Syndicate, and again they really impressed me. “It’s not that I’ve taken these guys out of other bands, either. It’s not like that in Seattle. Good musicians tend to play in more than one band. And our producer, Martin Feveyear, is also part of the band in many respects. He’s also our tour manager and our live sound engineer! It’s the Seattle way. A small town mentality”.
The band released albums in 1999 and 2001, namely ‘Live Episode’ and ‘Dark Days’, before other commitments meant Loaded were put on the back burner to some extent, although they never split up. “No way! We’ve been playing Xmas charity shows in Seattle on an annual basis over the last few years,” says McKagan. “These have been growing in popularity as well. Then last Xmas, we started to talk seriously about doing a record, which is what has led us to this place. Now, I’ve been stockpiling songs for Loaded all the time. I’d write something and store it away for future use, so the idea of doing a new album has always been in my mind.”
The process of working on the new record, has excited Duff beyond expectations. “We all knew it would be fun to go into the studio (Jupiter in Seattle) and do a new album, but it’s actually been so inspirational. This isn’t a stellar Pink Floyd kinda effort. But it perfectly represents what we do so well.”
An EP, ‘Wasted Heart’, has already given everyone a taste of what’s to come, and the foursome’s togetherness is reflected in the fact that they took the opportunity to work on fresh songs during their recent tour of the UK and Europe.
“We practically lived on a tour bus, and we’d break out the acoustic guitars and write some new material. So ‘Sick’ is constantly evolving.” That tour itself has given Loaded another major boost. “We never expected the gigs to be so packed, and there were a lot of younger people turning up as well. Everyone seemed to appreciate what we’re about. Gilby Clarke [former Guns n’ Roses guitarist] came to see us in Los Angeles at the Viper Room not so long ago, and he couldn’t believe how we did things. He called up the next day and was just amazed that we were so down to earth. No egos. No big star trips. Four guys enjoying the music and loving being in the same band.
“To me, Loaded is a group of equals. This isn’t a solo project where I pay some hired hands to play my songs. I might have the name, but we’re a real band. These guys aren’t afraid of me. And people are coming to the shows because they like Loaded, not because they’re fans of something else I’ve done.”
So, how would McKagan sum up this band for those who’ve never seen or heard them before? “Loaded is the band to make you realize how seriously the music industry takes itself.”
The album’s first single, “Flatline”, is now streaming at Playboy.com (where Duff also pens the weekly “Duffonomics” financial column). In addition to his new blog on Playboy.com – where McKagan says he hopes to “shed some no-nonsense light on day-to-day money issues” – Duff has penned a two-page “Success” column in the new March issue of Playboy magazine. He also continues to contribute his “Reverb” column to the Seattle Weekly.
“Sick” track listing:
02. Sleaze Factory
05. The Slide
07. Mothers Day
08. I See Through You
09. Forgive Me
10. No Shame
11. Blind Date Girl
12. Wasted Heart
13. No More
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
For more info, check out:
Duff McKagans’s official website, http://duff-loaded.com/
What do you win?
25 Wiinners each get:
(1) copy of Duff McKagan’s Loaded new “Sick” CD
One GRAND PRIZE WIINNER gets the “Sick” CD AND Duff’s autographed guitar AND a personal phone call!!
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
How to Enter:
Fill in the Entry Form here. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY, please. Just tell us why you should win the CD, the guitar and the chance to talk to Duff. Entries will be judged on sincerity, humor, and general “rockness”. Blow us away – in 200 words or less! Only enter once, or your entries will be tossed. And don’t leave those fields blank – how will we get in touch with you when you win the guitar!
How we choose the winner:
Only entries received by 3/25/09 will be considered. The HOH staff will choose the winners based on sincerity, humor, and general “rockness”.
Contest Start Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Contest End Date:Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at midnight
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