Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses is putting the “finishing touches” on a new solo album, he recently told Rolling Stone.
The legendary bassist has been holed up in the Station House studios in Los Angeles alongside producer Shooter Jennings, working on a record intended as the musical continuation of his 2015 book, How to be a Man (and Other Illusions).
The songs are also said to be influenced by his experience on Guns N’ Roses’ ongoing Not This Lifetime tour.
McKagan told RS: “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 continued by stating that “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.”
There is no confirmed title nor release date as yet, but the album is expected to be released in 2019.
In the meantime, stream McKagan’s last and only solo album thus far, 1993’s Believe in Me: