Bulls And Bears From Duff
February 5, 2009 at 5:16 AM (PT)
DUFF MCKAGAN of GUNS N' ROSES fame celebrates his 45th birthday TODAY with a new job -- a national financial columnist on a mean mission. THE NEW YORK POST reports PLAYBOY MAGAZINE hired the rocker for an undisclosed sum to write a crusading column aimed at skewering and reforming the crooked ways of WALL STREET.
MCKAGAN claims he's entitled to strum all the sour notes he wants about the wrecked economy. After all, he's made a ton of money as a rocker and learned to save lots of it after kicking drugs and booze. Answering critics who would doubt his expertise, MCKAGAN said he began studying finance in 1994 after "I got sober."
With time on his hands, he said he rummaged a file drawer full of old financial statements covering a six-year period at GUNS N' ROSES, only to discover they were too confusing to comprehend and were "meant to mislead."
After plunging into the study of finance and economics at SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- and later at ALBERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY (he's just a few credits shy of a college degree) -- the bass player became a widely quoted media source about the economics of music and rock bands.