“People are going to herald this as one of the best albums of the year.” That’s what SiriusXM radio host Larry Flick said about “Tenderness,” the upcoming solo album from Guns N’ Roses Duff McKagan. “This is Americana-Duff McKagan,” says Flick. “It’s not what you expect.”
Produced by (and featuring) recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings, “Tenderness” (UME) is released on the 31st May 2019. McKagan is giving fans another sneak peek at the much-anticipated record with the release of its closing track, ‘Don’t Look Behind You’.
“’Don’t Look Behind You’ was truly inspired by a sense of peace that washed over me after a few months of turning off the TV and social media. It was also inspired by the sense of real community I felt while traveling and talking to people around the world on tour during this somewhat tenuous time. This period of sturm und drang will indeed pass. The song seemed to be the final summation that rang loudly from the topics on Tenderness.
The recording sessions for this album also saw us re-assemble, for the first time since the Use Your Illusion recordings, The Suicide Horn Section, featuring my brother Matt McKagan on trombone, the great Chuck Findlay on trumpet, and the impossible Brian Scanlon on sax. On the very last day of recording, they came down to the studio and laid down the amazing horn lines for ‘Don’t Look Behind You.’ I’ll never forget the culmination of Matt and The Suicide Horns mixed with the Waters singing group sending this song and album out, as Shooter and I just watched it all with goosebumps.”
‘Don’t Look Behind You’ follows previously released songs ‘Chip Away’ and title track ‘Tenderness’ and all three are available as instant downloads by pre-ordering “Tenderness” ahead of its May 31st release.
“Tenderness” sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour. Encountering heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide on his travels during this tumultuous time in our world history, McKagan channeled a collective hurt into songs of monolithic power.
“We’re becoming divided at a time when we need each other most. When huge industries get replaced because of modernization, it’s time to retrain and bolster up those who get swept aside. Homelessness and drug addiction are avoidable in this country if we come together and get private and public cogs turning together in a positive direction. We can at least try to tackle mental illness while we’re at it. But alas, we stump and lie, point fingers and divide. We’re way better than this.”
With that in mind, McKagan has created a campaign that puts the album’s themes into action and he’s inviting fans to join him in an effort to give support to organizations doing great work. Those include Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, 320 Changes Direction, and To Write Love on Her Arms, among others. For more information, please visit propeller.la/duff.
McKagan, backed by Shooter Jennings and his band, will be taking these songs on the road for a North American tour that kicks off on 30th May at TLA in Philadelphia. Announced today is a full European tour, below in red, that begins on the 22nd August in Poland. Tour dates are as follows:
Duff McKagan European Tour Dates:
w/ Shooter Jennings
Thursday 30th May 2019TLA, Philadelphia, PA USA
Friday 31st May 2019City Winery, Washington, DC USA
Saturday 1st June 2019City Winery, Boston, MA USA
Monday 3rd June 2019Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Thursday 6th June 2019Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL USA
Saturday 8th June 2019Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN USA
Monday 10th June 2019Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX USA
Thursday 13th June 2019El Rey, Los Angeles, CA USA
Friday 14th June 2019Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA USA
Saturday 15th June 2019Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR USA
Sunday 16th June 2019Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA USA
Thursday 22nd August 2019Stodola, Warsaw POLAND
Friday 23rd August 2019Astra, Berlin GERMANY
Saturday 24th August 2019Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND
Monday 26th August 2019Gloria, Cologne GERMANY
Tuesday 27th August 2019Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY
Thursday 29th August 2019Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
Saturday 31st August 2019Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE
Sunday 1st September 2019Manchester Academy3, Manchester UK
Tuesday 3rd September 2019Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Wednesday 4th September 2019Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM
Friday 6th September 2019Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Sunday 8th September 2019Santeria Club, Milan ITALY
European headline dates go onsale at 9am GMT Friday 26th April 2019.
For tickets please see www.livenation.co.uk