On May 31, bassist Duff McKagan will release Tenderness, his third solo album. On that very day, he will perform at City Winery with Shooter Jennings, who produced the album and collaborated with Duff on it.
Duff and Shooter began recording the album back in March 2018, working out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, California, where they wrote and recorded in-between Duff’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Shooter’s eponymous album, Shooter.
The album will be Duff’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions).
“Before beginning this project, I was asked more than a few times if I was going to write a book on my experience during the two-and-a-half year GN’R Not In This Lifetime… Tour. While, of course, it had been an amazing experience, in the end I decided the ideas swirling around in my head were better suited for a record,” Duff said.
He added, “The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion, and divide I have experienced 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.”
Watch Duff McKagan, Shooter Jennings, and Steve Jones perform “Tenderness” live on the Subaru Live Stage in March 2019:
In a preview for Rolling Stone, Daniel Kreps hailed Duff’s complex approach to the new music.
“Unlike Guns N’ Roses’ stadium-filling fare, McKagan takes a softer approach with ‘Tenderness,’ with the rocker relying mainly on piano and acoustic guitars on the dusty ballad,” Daniel said.
Duff McKagan featuring Shooter Jennings
Friday, May 31