DUFF MCKAGAN: How My Wife Came To Be Involved With 'Married To Rock' Show

October 21, 2010

"Married To Rock" is the name of a new reality TV series that will follow the lives of three rock star wives. The E! network is teaming with "Real World" producer Bunim-Murray Prods. for the series, which stars Susan Holmes McKagan, married to former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER/LOADED bassist Duff McKagan; Etty Farrell, whose husband is JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell; Josie Stevens, a model married to Billy Idol's longtime guitarist Steve Stevens; and AJ Celi, who has been in a relationship with guitarist Billy Duffy of THE CULT for the past three years.

E! has ordered eight episodes of the series, which will premiere at 10:30 p.m. on November 7.

In the latest installment of his column, which appears on Reverb at SeattleWeekly.com, Duff McKagan writes about how the "Married To Rock" show was conceived. "With the rise of VELVET REVOLVER, Susan began to be approached by a few different TV producers with varying ideas," he says. "She was, after all, a top model, and now a top mom and swimwear designer. They thought that there was perhaps a compelling TV story or series in there.

"This gave Susan the idea to write and create a scripted show. The things that she had experienced out there with the other wives in VR were just too good and almost juicy . . . and FUNNY. She had caught the TV bug and now wanted to create a show. She had created herself as a model. She had created her own swim line. She had created herself as a kickass mother. Why couldn't she create this show?

"Ah, but scripted shows are not the big and easy money-makers for the networks. Reality shows are. The production costs are minimal in comparison to their scripted counterparts. Susan's show idea went from basically a screenplay to a reality show with HER as one of its 'stars.' Trust me, she doesn't see herself as a 'star,' and thinks the whole thing is hilarious!

"But then there is me. I do not like reality shows. No, I actually despise what little I have seen and think that some of this stuff has really poisoned our perception of reality. But then again, I have a ton of male rock friends who watch this stuff and fucking LOVE it. I don't believe that there is a real place for 'rock guys' on an E! show, and Dave Navarro will be the first to tell you that if he could have done it differently, he would have never done the 'Carmen and Dave' show. He has had to claw his way back into legit musical circles, as he sees it. (I think Dave is just so good at what he does musically that NOTHING could ever do THAT much damage to him)."

Read McKagan's entire column at SeattleWeekly.com.

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