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Duff McKagan Shares Live Video For His Cover Of Mad Season’s “River Of Deceit”


Guns N’ Roses bassist/vocalist Duff McKagan has a new double live album titled “Tenderness: Live In Los Angeles” on track for a May 31st release via Blood Meridian. That set was captured at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on June 13th, 2019 on the back of his then newly released solo album “Tenderness“.

In honor of that record’s fifth anniversary, this live set is now being put out, with a cover of Mad Season‘s “River Of Deceit” newly having arrived. That latter outfit was a short-lived supergroup featuring members of Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, late Alice In Chains vocalist Lane Staley and more.

McKagan commented:

“It was such a complete pleasure and honor to be able to work with Shooter Jennings and his stellar band for the recording of the songs that became the ‘Tenderness‘ record. Having Aubrey and John playing fiddle and pedal steel guitar on the tracks, really led the music in a brand new direction for me.

I strive for change and growth in life, and these guys ushered me into a brand new musical world. This relationship was made more special, when Shooter and the band agreed to tour Tenderness with me. Remember, Ted Kemp, Jamie Douglas, Aubrey Richmond, John Scheffler, and Shooter had been touring for years together. They are a tight-as-hell unit. I won the lottery!

This live recording from the El Rey in Los Angeles showcases not only the songs on the record, but some cover songs we started to fold into the live set as we toured. We’ve highlighted a couple tracks from this show – Tenderness being one of course, and our version of the Mad Season song, River Of Deceit. Such a beautiful song written by guys from back home that I know now, and a couple who are no longer with us. It feels like a celebration to me. All of these live shows we did on that tour felt like a shedding, a prayer to better things, and a beautiful coming together of all you bad motherfuckers.”

Shooter Jennings added:

“One of the highlights of my life was making Tenderness with Duff McKagan. A thoughtful songwriter and even more thoughtful person. Touring with Duff checked another box of personal dreams come true! We had a blast out on the road. “I remember playing the El Rey. The crowd was packed. I remember leaving the stage feeling like we had done something really special.

Getting to mix the album all these years later was such a treat. To be able to mix it on the 1976 Frank Demedio custom API console (the same console that Prince recorded and mixed Purple Rain on) in legendary Sunset Sound Studio 3 (a.k.a. Snake Mountain), was like being able to distill a righteous memory through a flawless diamond. Sitting in that studio listening to the band play through those big speakers allowed for me to get lost in the music and let it guide me to bring this experience to record players everywhere!”


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