Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has released "Tenderness," the first song from his upcoming solo album.

The track, which he describes as "a song of unity and peace,” features Grammy winner Shooter Jennings, who also produced the LP.

“Shooter has a brilliant mind, and a seemingly endless musical catalog bouncing around in his head that he’s ready to tap into at any moment,” McKagan said about working with Jennings. “He made me a better acoustic guitar player and more at ease as a singer. His ability to get real and authentic sounds in the studio are second to none, and making this record was one of the most inspiring musical experiences of my career.”

The two began began working together in March 2018, writing and recording in between McKagan’s tour dates with Guns N’ Roses. His experiences on the road helped inspire the new album.

You can listen to "Tenderness" below.

“Before beginning this project, I was asked more than a few times if I was going to write a book on my experience of the two-and-a-half-year GN’R Not in This Lifetime … tour,” McKagan admitted. “While, of course, it had been an amazing experience, in the end, I decided the ideas swirling around in my head were better suited for a record. The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced 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.”

Talk of a solo album first began circulating in December. The upcoming LP is McKagan’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions).

The GNR bassist also announced two solo performances: for May 30 in Philadelphia and May 31 in Washington, D,C. McKagan will be backed by Jennings and his band at both shows.

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