Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is working on a brand new solo album for 2019 and will be his fifth release in his expansive career which includes Duff McKagan's Loaded. The as-yet-untitled album is set to be a follow-up to his 2015 book "How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions)" using articles and prose he wrote as he toured with Guns N' Roses. Singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings is producing the album.
"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," he said. "One that I hope will spread and help us all," he continued.
McKagan is dedicating the depth of his project to his daughters and where he was raised believing that it has to be done and the time is now. The album is to be deeply personal but also takes a look at an overall bigger picture following struggles with depression.
McKagan brought in Shooter Jennings whom he has known for 20 years and was impressed with the organic sentiments behind the record that he knew it would be special for the pair.
"From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, 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," Jennings said.
The upcoming record follows the band Walking Papers' second album WP2 released in January in which McKagan plays bass in that band. This will be the second complete solo record of McKagan's career with Believe in Me, his first, having been released in 1993. In 1999, he recorded the album Beautiful Disease but the project would go on to be shelved following a label merge between Polygram and Universal. Under Duff McKagan's Loaded, the bassist released three albums—Dark Days (2001), Sick (2009), and The Taking (2011).