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September 2016

“It’s So Easy”

Based on the memoir of the same name, It’s So Easy and Other Lies is a rock-umentary (rock n roll documentary) about Guns N Roses’ bassist Duff McKagan’s life story. The good, the bad, and the ugly. When it comes to this documentary there are no smoke and mirrors. Duff is brutally honest from the start. Whether it’s when he talks about his struggle with addiction, his road to recovery, his many bands, or the love he shares for his family and friends.

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Filmed primarily at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA; McKagan is seated on a stage where he reads from sections of his memoir with a backing band and a string quartet. The band plays acoustic-like versions of hit songs from McKagan’s musical career. McKagan does his fair share of playing and singing as well, including on “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Wasted Heart”, and my all time favorite “Patience”.

The audience is taken on a trip through his life in a chapter-like form. You get a look into his punk background, a small tour of his hometown of Seattle, WA, and some cartoon reenactments of major life events. There are intimate old family videos, rare photos, and even some hand made band fliers.

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First hand accounts from a wide range of people including bandmates past and present: Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Slash and Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Mike Squire (Loaded). McKagan’s Brothers: Jon and Matt McKagan. Wife: Susan Holmes McKagan. Peers: Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue). Plus many more!

If you are looking for a more indepth biography, pick up your copy of It’s So Easy and Other Lies at your local bookstore. I would highly recommend giving that a read before viewing, but if you’re as impatient as I am, then without further ado grab a seat, some popcorn, and get ready for a ride into Duff’s (sometimes erratic) life.
This documentary is a short 84 minutes and in that time it’s “gonna get the feet stompin’ and the hands clappin'” as Steven Adler would say.

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It’s So Easy and Other Lies is available to rent and for purchase on Amazon.com

Cheers,

Ms. Mishap

Sin City Sinners: All Stars! Celebrating 9 Years.

SCSLV.pngThe Sin City Sinners brand celebrated their anniversary of 9 wild years on August 25 at Count’s Vamp’d with an All Star lineup like no other!
Special guests included: Bianca Bananas (The Scoundrels), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen), Frank Dimino (Angel), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Blas Elias (Slaughter), Jonathan Gilcrest (Yellow Brick Road), Scotty Griffin (LA Guns), Alex Papa (Spazmatics, Jeff Scott Soto), Howie Simon (Alcatrazz, Nelson), and Chas Stumbo (Lynch Mob, Earshot).
With surprise guests: Andrew Freeman (Last in Line, The Offspring) and original Sin City Sinners bassist, Mike Szuter. The Sinners had an incredible setlist with songs from their speical guest’s respected bands such as Ynqwie Malmsteen, Dio, and Angel.

August 25, 2016 will forever go down in Las Vegas history as “Jason Green Day”, not to be confused with “Sin City Sinner’s Day” which is August 27th (the anniversary of their first show). SCS manager Jason Green was given the honor of his own day by the Mayor of Las Vegas, Caryolyn Goodman, “for his unwavering and countless efforts to assist local charitable organziations in our community… and for his contributions to the Las Vegas music scene.”scs9

The Sin City Sinners Brand has come to be known as the hardest working band (or brand) in Las Vegas over these years. With different special guests at every show you are always in for something new, which is what makes this band so unique. The Sinners have been known for their charity work and giving back to the Las Vegas community. Collectively they have raised over a million dollars for the many different charities they have worked with over the last 9 years and in order to properly celebrate this, they have picked out 9 special charities (AFAN, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dignity Health Breast Cancer, Foundation For Recovery, NSPCA, Suicide Prevention Nevada, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Toys For Tots, and WestCare Nevada) to bring awareness to.
Visit officialsinners.com/charities for more information and to donate!

Here’s to the next 9 wild years! Congratulations Sin City Sinners: All Stars!

Cheers,
Ms. Mishap

 

& for my local Las Vegas followers, you can find this article with photos from the event in the September/October issue of Vegas Rocks! Magazine, Pg. 33.

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