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Duff McKagan Premieres New Song, "Chip Away"

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Last month, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan announced a new solo album, Tenderness. Now, McKagan has shared another track from the album, "Chip Away." You can check it out below. 

In addition to releasing "Chip Away," McKagan announced that Tenderness will be released May 31. You can preorder the album here.

“’Chip Away’ is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas, all for the almighty dollar,” McKagan said of the song in a press release. “The song also highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together."

Tenderness was produced by Shooter Jennings, and recorded at Station House studios in Echo Park, CA.

“We’re becoming divided at a time when we need each other most,” McKagan said. “When huge industries get replaced because of modernization, it’s time to retrain and bolster up those who get swept aside. Homelessness and drug addiction are avoidable in this country if we come together and get private and public cogs turning together in a positive direction. We can at least try to tackle mental illness while we’re at it. But alas, we stump and lie, point fingers and divide. We’re way better than this.

"As a father, I must say and do something now because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I’m able or perhaps never get a chance ever again.”

You can check out the album art and tracklist for Tenderness below.

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Duff McKagan—Tenderness tracklist:

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”

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.