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Duff McKagan Releases “Last September” Single From Upcoming ‘Tenderness’ Album

With two weeks to go before the May 31st arrival of new album TENDERNESS (UME), Duff McKagan is giving fans another look at the album with today’s release of the poignant “Last September” – click HERE to listen.

As McKagan tells it, the spare and compelling “Last September” was inspired by the harrowing experiences shared by #MeToo abuse survivors.

“I heard and read some awful stories,” he says. “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.”

The song paints a disturbing picture:

LAST SEPTEMBER

No she can’t remember

They said there’s too much pain

It happened last September

From some familiar man

Why, d’she/he have to think about a plan

(And why, if she had been so kind and understanding)

To get away, fight and scream, a frantic plea against the pain

His mom

ma didn’t raise a man

He went and lost his temper

He went and lost his brain

Her tears brought his anger

It sent him in a rage

He’s blind, what she wore, he said she planned it

He lied to himself, said she could have ran

She said no, he said yes, he took

her down and choked her neck

His momma didn’t raise a man

Darkest secrets get released

These manic pigs and their disease

He cries when he gets what comes his way

His momma didn’t raise a man

Darkest secrets get released

These manic pigs and their disease

Why, d’she/he have to think about a plan

(And why, if she had been so kind and understanding)

To get away, fight and scream, a frantic plea against the pain

But life goes on, and so will she,

Getting stronger, shedding skin

Scrapes and scars will fade away

Those memories will always stay

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“I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible,” says McKagan. “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.”

“Last September” follows previously released tracks “Don’t Look Behind You,” “Chip Away” and title track “Tenderness” and all four are available as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order TENDERNESS.

“People are going to herald this as one of the best albums of the year,” said SiriusXM radio host Larry Flick. “This is Americana-Duff McKagan. It’s not what you expect.”

Produced by (and featuring) recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings, TENDERNESS was also just named “Best Crossover Album” by LA Weekly.

McKagan, backed by Shooter Jennings and his band, will be taking the album on the road for a North American tour that kicks off May 30 at TLA in Philadelphia, to be followed by a European run that begins August 22 in Poland.

Tour dates are as follows:

Friday May 31st – City Winery, Washington, DC

Saturday June 1st – City Winery, Boston, MA

Monday June 3rd  – Irving Plaza, New York, NY

Thursday June 6th  – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL

Saturday June 8th – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN

Monday June 10th  – Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

Thursday June 13th  – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA

Friday June 14th – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Saturday June 15th – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR

Sunday June 16th – Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA

Thursday August 22nd  – Stodola, Warsaw POLAND

Friday August 23rd – Astra, Berlin GERMANY

Saturday August 24th – Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND

Monday August 26th – Gloria, Cologne GERMANY

Tuesday August 27th – Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY

Thursday August 29th – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

Saturday August 31st – Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE

Sunday September 1st – Academy, Manchester UK

Tuesday September 3rd – Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE

Wednesday September 4th  – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM

Friday September 6th – Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND

Sunday September 8th – Saniera Club, Milan ITALY