Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is readying his new studio album, Tenderness, which will be released on May 31 and was produced by Shooter Jennings (and can be pre-ordered now at this link). He’s previously previewed it with a pair of songs, and now the Seattle “grunge” icon followed that up with another pre-release track.
Titled “Don’t Look Behind You,” the song is the result of McKagan “unplugging” from our collective social media obsession and taking a breath.
Said Duff of the song:
“’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,” says McKagan. “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 album is a cohesive statement from McKagan in reflection of and reaction to the times we live in today.
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,” says McKagan. “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.”
Here’s the title track:
And “Chip Away”: