Local Seattleite Duff Mckeagan has always been one to speak the truth through his music. After playing bass for Gun’s and Roses for years, he ventured beyond the scope of the rebellious rock and roll phase to preach about something a little closer to home. Before coming out with Tenderness, he visited “the jungle” a homeless encampment in Seattle. After having the realization that it could have nearly been him in one of those tents, he became inspired to speak the truth on the opioid crisis, homelessness, and corporate greed. “I want to do something that’s healing,” Mckagen told Rolling Stones in an interview. Tenderness sends a message of togetherness and encourages people to be more intentional with each other. The album shows a new dimension to this American-Punk artist, one that is more authentic and thought-provoking. It’s a mantra of Mckagen’s perceptions of freedom of speech and the contrast between the media portrayal of world issues against his own experiences while touring the world.
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His song “it’s not too late” seems to be more of a mixture of country-western and rock and roll, paced slower than Mckagens usual sounds. In the lyrics, he addresses how people these days are hiding behind screens and doors, grasping onto other people’s opinion instead of their own. In each verse, you can hear the urgency in his voice for people to speak the truth with him. He refers to old newspapers being blank on the back, leaving space for people to write comments and send them in with their name and address. He admired how people had to take responsibility for what they said compared to today’s anonymity in the world of social media.