Duff McKagan has enthused about his Irish heritage, and the experience of performing in Ireland. The Guns ‘n’ Roses bassist, whose forthcoming solo tour includes a slot at Electric Picnic in Co.Laois, made the comments speaking to eonmusic at a press event which was held in London on Thursday (25th April 2019).
Duff was speaking while promoting new solo release 'Tenderness'. The album, which is due for release on 31st May 2019, sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences travelling the globe over two and a half years on Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour. Encountering heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide on his travels during this tumultuous time in world history, the Loaded band leader funnelled a collective hurt into the songs.
The set, which features Shooter Jennings sees the bassist channelling the likes of Lou Reed and David Bowie. Speaking about the album's left-field sound, Duff told those gathered at the event; “Hopefully it’ll open up a new audience. It’s song-based, and these are songs that I really believe in.”
Speaking to eonmusic, McKagan, who is an Irish passport-holder went on to talk about the perks of being Irish. Said Duff; “Do you know it’s the most-liked passport in the world?!”
Talking about his previous visits to the country, the bass player recalled Guns ‘n’ Roses first ever gig in Ireland, when they headlined the Slane event in May 1992. “I do have a lot of family”, he laughed; “The first time Guns played there I had like, one hundred and twenty cousins [that showed up]. I have a sizeable family”.
When pressed on whether his guest-list for his Electric Picnic appearance on Saturday 31st August would sizeable, he responded; “I’ve got it managed now to just my immediate cousins, and then we’ll take it from there”.
Duff's solo plans come as Guns 'n' Roses 'Not In This Lifetime...' tour shows little sign of slowing down. The jaunt, which included a return to Slane in 2017, 25 years after making their debut, is now one of the highest grossing tours of all time, earning an estimated $563,300,000 over 159 dates.
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Duff McKagan Featuring Shooter Jennings 2019 Dates:
Thursday 30th May - TLA, Philadelphia, PA USA
Friday 31st May - City Winery, Washington, DC USA
Saturday 1st June - City Winery, Boston, MA USA
Monday 3rd June - Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Thursday 6th June - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL USA
Saturday 8th June - Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN USA
Monday 10th June - Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX USA
Thursday 13th June - El Rey, Los Angeles, CA USA
Friday 14th June - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA USA
Saturday 15th June - Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR USA
Sunday 16th June - Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA USA
Thursday 22nd August - Stodola, Warsaw POLAND
Friday 23rd August - Astra, Berlin GERMANY
Saturday 24th August - Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND
Monday 26th August - Gloria, Cologne GERMANY
Tuesday 27th August - Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY
Thursday 29th August - Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
Saturday 31st August - Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE
Sunday 1st September - Manchester Academy3, Manchester UK
Tuesday 3rd September - Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Wednesday 4th September - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM
Friday 6th September - Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Sunday 8th September - Santeria Club, Milan ITALY
For tickets, visit www.livenation.co.uk