Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has been hard at work on a solo album, which he began in March 2018 and was updated with a bit more information back in December. For this project, he’s worked extensively in the studio with Shooter Jennings.
Based on McKagan’s words, it sounds like the album is a reaction of sorts to the current world we live in:
“I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book,” says McKagan. “But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant-reactions.
“The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters … I do this for my love of where I grew up … I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”
On Friday, McKagan premiered a song called “Tenderness,” which was produced by Jennings and speaks to the themes expressed in the quotes above. Listen:
More on the song specifically, from McKagan:
“The real point of ‘Tenderness’ is not for me to be some damn politician or some other voice to add to what is already way too much noise,” he says. “This is a song of unity and peace…and I want this record to be a meditation and to bring maybe some healing, if that is not too high-handed or lofty of a goal. I can use what marginal voice I have as an artist, to hopefully help arrest what seems like a fall. As a father, I must say and do something now…because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I am able, or perhaps never get a chance ever again.”
Duff McKagan and Jennings have two special live performances coming up soon: May 30th at TLA in Philadelphia and May 31st at City Winery in DC. Tickets for both shows go on sale today (Philly ticket info can be found HERE and DC HERE).
Stay tuned — McKagan’s solo album is expected out later this year.