With contributions from Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Abe Laboriel Jr. and Iggy Pop, Lighthouse finds Duff McKagan baring more of his artistic spirit than ever before.
Duff McKagan, an acclaimed American songwriter, has had a remarkable 40-year musical journey that spans from performing in small punk clubs to headlining sold-out stadium tours around the world. He's not only a founding member of bands like Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver but has also collaborated with legendary artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop. Additionally, he has created a diverse catalog of solo music.
His new album, Lighthouse, is a heartfelt celebration of life. It's the result of more than 60 songs he recorded at his home studio in Seattle between 2019 and 2022. The album reflects McKagan's personal and philosophical perspectives, capturing the essence of his four-decade career in music.
McKagan's journey began when he wrote his first song in his bedroom at his mom's house in 1978. He started as a 14-year-old punk with a strong determination to pursue music, even borrowing cars to get to gigs. He honed his musical skills in various bands before forming the original lineup of Guns N' Roses in 1985.
In 2019, McKagan showcased another facet of his music with the release of his Americana-leaning album, Tenderness, produced by Grammy award-winner Shooter Jennings. This album blends social commentary with personal confessions, earning praise from critics as well as a heartfelt endorsement from Bob Dylan.
During the pandemic years, McKagan wrote and recorded tirelessly in his custom-built Seattle studio, collaborating with producer Martin Feveyear. This creative phase resulted in his This Is The Song EP, which hinted at the direction his work would take on Lighthouse. The new album highlights McKagan's versatility in songwriting, featuring both mellow, acoustic introspection and high-energy rock and roll. He collaborates with talented musicians and friends like Slash and Jerry Cantrell on the album. Iggy Pop joins in with a spoken-word reprise on the closing track.
Lighthouse is a celebration of life, love, and the wisdom that comes with experience, expressing the topical influences and McKagan's gratitude for what he has. It's a testament to his status as not only a great artist but also a prominent figure in American songwriting. His interests extend beyond music, with his writing and co-hosting roles, further demonstrating his multifaceted talents.
Not too bad for a punk kid who got his start playing drums in the Fartz.