Stream Duff McKagan’s ‘Chip Away,’ from His New Solo Album ‘Tenderness’ Due Out 5/31

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On May 31, longtime Guns N’ Roses bassist and Seattle music icon Duff McKagan will release Tenderness, a long-awaited new solo album that was produced by Shooter Jennings, who also appears on the record as a musician.

On Wednesday, McKagan premiered a song called “Chip Away” from the album as a preview:

Said McKagan of the tune:

“’Chip Away’ is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas  all for the almighty dollar,” says McKagan. “The song also highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together.”

Tenderness will find McKagan approaching topics that he holds dear and reflect the current social climate of the world today, as evidenced by the above and the title track, which he premiered a few weeks back:

Here’s the album’s track listing:

“It’s Not Too Late”
“Wasted Heart”
“Falling Down”
“Last September”
“Chip Away”
“Cold Outside”
“Breaking Rocks”
“Don’t Look Behind You”

McKagan explained in a statement with the press release that much of the new record was inspired by his trip around the world on Guns N’ Roses’ recent Not In This Lifetime world tour:

“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. 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’m able or perhaps never get a chance ever again.”

Duff McKagan and Jennings will hit the road for a short tour in support of Tenderness, as well. The dates:

Thu, May 30, Philadelphia, PA TLA
Fri, May 31, Washington DC City Winery
Sat, Jun 01, Boston, MA City Winery
Mon, Jun 03, New York, NY Irving Plaza
Thu, Jun 06, Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
Sat, Jun 08, Nashville, TN The Cannery
Mon, Jun 10, Austin, TX Scoot Inn
Thu, Jun 13, Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
Fri, Jun 14, San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sat, Jun 15, Portland, OR Aladdin
Sun, Jun 16, Seattle, WA The Showbox


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