The last couple of years have proved fruitful for fans of Guns N’ Roses. They’ve had the explosive “Not In this Lifetime” tour to warm them over, and rumours continue about a new album by the band. While this will keep the fires burning for a while, news has been released that bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a solo album that’s coming in 2019.
McKagan has been working on his own music with producer Shooter Jennings, recording in between his on-going tour with Guns N’ Roses. This would be McKagan’s first true solo album since his initial release, ‘Believe in Me’ in 1993. He had a second solo album scheduled for release in 1999, however it was shelved. McKagan has also released albums with the band Loaded.
McKagan has been on a creative / artistic streak. The album will be the musical follow-up to 2015’s best-selling book, “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).” On this subject, McKagan said, “I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book.” He continued, “But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant reactions.”
McKagan offered this revelation: “The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of 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.” He also mentioned a personal reason for the musical venture: “I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”
Producer Jennings spoke about his involvement on the project and the connection he felt with McKagan, “From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard. The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”
Jennings added that he was a “massive Guns N’ Roses fan” when he was younger. “But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer.”
Guns’ current “Not In This Lifetime” tour is now one of the highest-grossing in music history.