Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a solo album that he will release in 2019. McKagan began recording the LP in March with producer Shooter Jennings, writing and recording in between legs of Guns N’ Roses lengthy “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour.
McKagan has not released a solo album since 1993’s Believe In Me, while a second solo effort, 1999’s Beautiful Disease, remains unreleased. The new disc is described as a musical follow-up to his best-selling 2015 book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).
McKagan spoke about what inspired the album, explaining, “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. But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose . . . little instant reactions.”
He added, “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. 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.”
McKagan will play one last show in 2018 with Guns N’ Roses before closing out the year. The band will perform in Honolulu, Hawaii this Saturday (December 8th).
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- McKagan’s most recent albums were both with bands: he released The Taking in 2011 with Loaded and WP2 earlier this year with the Seattle-based act Walking Papers.
- Meanwhile, he, Axl Rose and Slash — three-fifths of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup — reunited in 2016 after last performing together more than two decades earlier.
- There is no word yet on whether Guns N’ Roses intends to record new music. Neither Slash nor Duff appeared on the last Guns studio effort, 2008’s Chinese Democracy.