Duff McKagan takes inspiration from #MeToo movement for Last September

Duff McKagan and his solo band (Image credit: Jesse DeFlorio)

Duff McKagan has released a stream of his new track titled Last September.

It’s the latest material taken from the Guns N’ Roses bassist’s upcoming album Tenderness, which will launch on May 31.

McKagan says he was inspired by the #MeToo movement when writing the track, telling Rolling Stone: “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 added: “I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible. 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.”

Previous to Last September, McKagan has released three songs from the album: Don’t Look Behind YouChip Away and the title track.

McKagan, along with his solo bandmates Shooter Jennings, John Schreffler, Jamie Douglass and Aubrey Richmond, will play dates in the UK and Europe later this year.

Duff McKagan: Tenderness
1. Tenderness
2. It’s Not Too Late
3. Wasted Heart
4. Falling Down
5. Last September
6. Chip Away
7. Cold Outside
8. Feel
9. Breaking Rocks
10. Parkland
11. Don’t Look Behind You

Duff McKagan 2019 European tour
Aug 22: Warsaw Stodola, Poland
Aug 23: Berlin Astra, Germany
Aug 24: Amsterdam Blue Moon Festival, Netherlands
Aug 26: Cologne Gloria, Germany
Aug 27: Mannheim Alte Feurwache, Germany
Aug 29: London Islington Assembly Hall, UK
Aug 31: Dublin Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland
Sep 01: Manchester Academy 3, UK
Sep 03: Paris Le Trabendo, France
Sep 04: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Sep 06: Zurich Dynamo, Switzerland
Sep 08: Milan Santeria Club, Italy

Duff McKagan: Tenderness

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Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan will release his new solo album titled Tenderness on May 31. It was produced by Shooter Jennings who also appears on the record.

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