Guitarist Slash has not ruled out the possibility that the current version of Guns N’ Roses will record new music. Asked on Trunk Nation if the group has considered going into the studio, Slash responded, “It’s been talked about. I think everybody wants to do it, and we’ll just see what happens. We’ve been busy doing this running around the planet.”
Slash was referring to the “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which has been going on for two years and features three-fifths of the original Guns lineup. He revealed that the original plan was to only play five shows, explaining, “Axl (Rose, singer) and I got together, and we talked for a while and so on, and we thought it would be cool to do these Coachella dates, because we (got) offered to get back together and do Coachella every year for years, and we obviously didn’t do it (before). So now that we were on good terms, it seemed like a good idea.”
He continued, “So that was the basic focus — just to do those two shows and a couple of warm-up shows, so we did the Troubadour, one show in Vegas, in Mexico and the Coachella gigs. And that went so well, and everything just fell back into place. So we said, ‘Okay, we’ll do this U.S. run that they’re offering us,’ and then everything just snowballed from there.”
Slash said that reconnecting with Rose after nearly two decades of estrangement was “huge,” adding, “I know these guys, I know these songs, but something about it was not really reminiscent of, say, the Use Your Illusion tour. So it felt really fresh and new.” Slash also praised newer band members Richard Fortus on guitar and Frank Ferrer on drums, as well as Rose for his “amazing” vocals nightly.
Guns N’ Roses is on a break now and has just one date on its schedule for the rest of 2018, on November 25th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates.
- Guns N’ Roses launched its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 at a club in Hollywood and been on the road around the world ever since.
- The “Not In This Lifetime” trek, which Billboard ranks as the fourth-highest-grossing tour of all time, features Slash, Rose and bassist Duff McKagan, backed by Fortus and Ferrer, plus keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.
- The last Guns studio album, Chinese Democracy, came out in 2008 and featured only Rose from the classic lineup.
- Slash will release his fourth solo album and third with his band The Conspirators, Living The Dream, in September.
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
David A Garvin wrote: “Would love to hear a new GnR record but my expectations aren’t very high.”
Dan Toner wrote: “I’d be happy if they re-recorded Chinese Democracy with Slash playing all guitar.”
Frank Lopez wrote: “Man it’s just not the same without Izzy and Steven. Izzy’s the architect & the glue, they can do a new album but will just be going thru the motions.”
Daniel Darakjian wrote: “Saw this show twice. Great show, but probably won’t see it again with the same songs. Only thing that can freshen it up is Izzy and Adler back.”