Duff McKagan at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL

Duff McKagan and Shooter Jennings have joined forces both in the recording studio and on the road, as they tour North America together.

The duo worked together on Duff McKagan‘s latest solo album, Tenderness, which Shooter Jennings produced. Now they are taking their work out to the masses, with Jennings opening for the Guns N’ Roses legend.

 If there’s one thing that Shooter Jennings knows how to do, it’s to get a crowd excited. It was a powerful set which saw the multi-instrumentalist alternate between playing the keyboard and the guitar. The set kicked off with the foot-stomping “Bound Ta Git Down.” With songs like that, it’s no wonder in no time at all, members of the audience started dancing along to his blend of country and southern rock. 

It’s been a long time coming, but Duff McKagan finally made it back into the studio in between touring with the reunited Guns N’ Roses to record his second solo album. It’s been 26 years since Believe In Me was released. The new album hits on a lot of poignant subject matters such as school shootings and the #metoo movement, and also includes a song which was inspired by the loss of his friend, Scott Weiland. 

Throughout the night, the whole of his new album was played with other songs interlaced. Keeping the numerous fans in attendance who arrived donning their Guns N’ Roses t-shirts happy, the night began with “You Ain’t The First,” with “Dead Horse” and “Dust N’Bones” later in the set. 

A lot has changed for Duff since his 1993 solo debut. He’s now sober, the author of two best-selling books and is the father to two daughters and married to Susan. This 55-year-old has not only grown up but has lived through a lot too, which can be seen and heard in his music.  

It really is a treat getting to see someone as legendary as McKagan expressing himself in such an intimate setting. GNR fans have enjoyed the recent reunion which has seen Duff, Axl Rose, and Slash finally sharing the stage together again as they’ve toured some of the world’s biggest stadiums. This tour, however, means you can get up close and personal to the Seattle native. For some, they were closer than they could have ever imagined as he made his way into the crowd during his set. 

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About Kirstine Walton 291 Articles
Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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