The “will they or won’t they?” regarding Guns N’ Roses is ever-present, especially now that the band has completed its monumentally successful (and highly entertaining) Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, which brought the previously impossible to imagine reality of Axl Rose and Slash (as well as Duff McKagan, also from the original lineup) back on the same stage together.
Now that the tour’s over, rumors have swirled regarding what might be next for GnR — but, apparently, that “next” just might be a new studio album from the core members of the lineup, something that has not happened since 1993’s covers compilation The Spaghetti Incident?.
Enter Slash. The perennially top-hatted and sunglassed guitarist recently divulged in an interview with TVK’s Rock City that the band is working on new material:
“Axl, Duff, myself and Richard have all talked about … there’s material and stuff going on already for a new record. It’s just, with Guns N’ Roses, you don’t go, ‘Oh, there’s a plan, and it’s gonna be like this,’ because that’s not how it works. Basically, the only real answer to give is we’re hoping to put a new record out, and we’ll just see what happens when it happens.”
“That’s not how it works” is an understatement when it comes to the recording process of GnR — we’re talking about a band, of course, which took 10 years (and multiple different lineups) to release what eventually became 2008’s Chinese Democracy album. Still, the good vibes surrounding Guns N’ Roses at the moment is a result of the wildly successful reunion tour, something that might have seemed far-fetched back when the tour was announced in 2016.
Slash’s comments reinforce recent words from guitarist Richard Fortus, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that once Slash returns from his recently-announced solo tour with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, GnR studio work will get back in order:
“Once he gets back from that, we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring.”
So, all of this to say: stay tuned, as Guns N’ Roses may not be done making noise just yet …