Duff McKagan has shared his latest solo track ‘Last September,’ a #MeToo-inspired ballad taken from the Guns N’ Roses bassist’s upcoming solo album, Tenderness. You can check it out below.
McKagan said in a statement of the #MeToo movement, “I heard and read some awful stories. As the father of two girls, I felt the need to write this song. If I have any job in the world, it’s to protect the women in my life.”
“He’s blind, what she wore, he said she planned it / He lied to himself, said she could have ran,” McKagan sings on the acoustic ‘Last September,’ which details an unwanted sexual encounter. “She said no, he said yes, he took her down and choked her neck / His momma didn’t raise a man.”
“I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible,” McKagan said of ‘Last September’. “I wanted to make him a warning. We hear stories of people showing signs beforehand…and we hear also, that something could have been done. I don’t have an answer, and the song doesn’t either. The hope is to simply raise awareness of distressing signals that some may display.”
McKagan and producer Shooter Jennings began recording Tenderness more than a year ago, working out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, California, where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’s eponymous album, Shooter. Tenderness features Jennings and his band along with appearances by The Waters and The Suicide Horn Section (which features Duff’s brother Matt McKagan on trombone), amongst others.
McKagan has previously shared ‘Chip Away’, ‘Don’t Look Behind You’ and the title track from Tenderness, which, as uDiscover Music previously reported, will be released on 31 May. McKagan and Shooter Jennings will also embark on a two-week North American tour that begins on 30 May in Philadelphia.
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