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Duff McKagan teams with Izzy Stradlin and Jerry Cantrell for new song “How To Be A Man” — listen

on May 05, 2015, 3:30pm

Next week, Duff McKagan will release How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), a new memoir filled with various pieces of wisdom and life lessons learned while on his path to rock stardom. To coincide with the Da Capo Press book, the Guns N’ Roses bassist is also expected to drop a three-track companion EP of the same name featuring collaborations with Alice in Chains vocalist Jerry Cantrell, former GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin, and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, among others.

As a preview, McKagan has revealed the title track, which includes contributions from Stradlin, Cantrell, and Mayorga. The dusty mid-tempo ballad — which sees a reflective McKagan singing “Oh I wish I knew back then, what it takes to be a man” — serves as the memoir’s unofficial “theme song.” According to the bassist, the track really came together thanks to input from Stradlin, whose guitar playing McKagan described as “fucking good.” Listen to “How To Be A Man” below.

How To Be A Man, both the book and EP, are due out on May 12th.

How To Be A Man EP Tracklist:
01. How To Be A Man
02. Punker
03. Kill the Internet