Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) has premiered a new song titled “Tenderness.” This is the first single from his upcoming Shooter Jennings produced solo album.
“The real point of this record, and the lyrics for ‘Tenderness’, is not for me to be some damn politician or some other voice to add to what is already way too much noise. 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.”
“From the start of the development of this record, ‘Tenderness’ stood out as a focal point. I was almost scared to cut it too early — before we had really mined the sound of the album. I knew we had one shot to do it right with feeling. After it was done and we had a first mix, I wrote Duff and said, ‘This song has to come out right now!’ It has a simple message of celebrating life and each other and for everyone to take it easy on one another. It offered an empathetic solution for a divisive time in the world: Tenderness.”
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) has shared a short teaser for his new solo album. That effort was produced by Shooter Jennings and it will be released later this year. With this news, the bassist has also announced that he will be performing at the Theatre Of The Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on May 30 and at the City Winery in Washington D.C. on May 31. Jennings will be joining him for these shows.
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) is currently finishing up a new solo album for a 2019 release. The bassist recorded the effort at Station House studios in Echo Park, CA with producer Shooter Jennings.
McKagan said the following:
“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. 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.”
Jennings also commented:
“From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard. The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”
“I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N’ Roses fan when I was younger. I’d say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to L.A. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together.”
During Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ October 16 show at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA, Slash was joined onstage by his Guns N’ Roses bandmate Duff McKagan for a performance of “It’s So Easy. You can see footage of that below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith has recruited a number of artists to participate in an all-star jam at “Will Ferrell’s Best Night Of Your Life” benefit. The group, who will perform under the moniker “Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars,” will feature Smith, along with Chris Martin (Coldplay), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), and Brad Paisley. “Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life” will take place on October 6 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and it will be hosted by Ferrell himself. The event will feature music as well as the following comedians: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerrod Carmichael, and Brody Stevens.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, and “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen all took part in the annual Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 26). You can see footage of them rocking some acoustic covers of various Ramones songs and the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant” below. You can also head to Forbes to check out an interview in which Armstrong and Shepard Fairey discuss the Ramones.
DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara has taken to Twitter to throw out some names of musicians he hopes to have guest on the second volume of the band’s outlaw country covers album “Outlaws ‘Til The End.” Here’s who made his wish list: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his daughter Electra, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and X’s John Doe. Some of his followers also threw in some suggestions as well including: Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) and his son Richie (Incite), Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Behemoth’s Nergal, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, HELLYEAH’s Chad Gray, and Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman. Aside from all these, it is probably safe to assume Glenn Danzig and John 5 will make the cut, considering they were supposed to guest on the first volume, but were unable to do so.