Despite being pretty busy over the past couple of years on Guns N’ Roses’ massively successful Not In This Lifetime world tour, bassist Duff McKagan found time to work on a new solo record — and today, Tenderness was released.
Inspired by McKagan’s adventures over the years and the emotions he’s felt at various points, such as his reaction to the current state of the world, Tenderness features some raw, honest feelings.
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, reads the news release.
Tenderness was produced by Shooter Jennings, and the album can be picked up now at this link).
For those who know McKagan as “that tall dude” next to Slash and Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses on stage, this record could be quite a revelation. McKagan’s long earned his reputation as one of the hardest working and most sincere rockers around, and it shows on this album.
Additionally, this isn’t loud, boisterous rock and roll. Rather, McKagan straps on his acoustic guitar for some songs that are … well, tender, as its title suggests.
Stream Tenderness below, via Spotify:
Catch McKagan and Jennings on the road in support of the album:
Friday May 31st – City Winery, Washington, DC
Saturday June 1st – City Winery, Boston, MA
Monday June 3rd – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Thursday June 6th – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Saturday June 8th – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
Monday June 10th – Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
Thursday June 13th – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
Friday June 14th – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Saturday June 15th – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Sunday June 16th – Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA
Thursday August 22nd – Stodola, Warsaw POLAND
Friday August 23rd – Astra, Berlin GERMANY
Saturday August 24th – Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND
Monday August 26th – Gloria, Cologne GERMANY
Tuesday August 27th – Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY
Thursday August 29th – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
Saturday August 31st – Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE
Sunday September 1st – Academy, Manchester UK
Tuesday September 3rd – Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Wednesday September 4th – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM
Friday September 6th – Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Sunday September 8th – Saniera Club, Milan ITALY