Slash recently spoke to Japanese music critic and radio personality Masa Ito of TVK‘s “Rock City” about the possibility of a new studio LP from GUNS N’ ROSES in the not-too-distant future.
“Axl [Rose, vocals], Duff [McKagan, bass], myself and Richard [Fortus, guitar] have all talked about… there’s material and stuff going on already for a new record,” he confirmed (see video below). “It’s just, with GUNS N’ ROSES, you don’t go, ‘Oh, there is a plan, and it’s gonna be like this,’ because that’s not how it works. So, 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.”
GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rosebacked by Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
“It was surprising in and of itself when we got [back] together in the first place.” Slash told “Rock City”. “And then the first show that we did was magic — that was unbelievable. That first series of shows that we did around Coachella back in April of 2016, it was just such a huge thing. For the guys in the band — for myself to be on stage with Duff and Axl and just have that chemistry was so powerful. You forget, because it had been a lot of years since I jammed with both those guys, and it was really powerful. And one thing led to another, and we just ended up having this amazing tour that you couldn’t possibly dream of. It was a really great tour. And it lasted a really long time. I think it was the longest tour we ever did. It was about two and a half years.”
Although GUNS N’ ROSES had been notorious for internal friction, with Axl and Slash ending their initial collaboration in 1993 following a show in Buenos Aires, the guitarist says that they “really, really had a great time” on the reunion tour. “There was no bullshit,” he explained. “It was one of those situations, a lot of people like to show an appearance and say, ‘Oh, it’s great and this and that and the other,’ but the reality is something else. But for us, this whole thing was really a magical experience. The band was great, the fucking entourage, the crew, the whole production was just like this really great marriage of people, and we just all had a really good time. And the fans were amazing. So I’m really happy that it happened.”
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ latest studio album, “Chinese Democracy”, came out in 2008 and featured only Axl from the classic lineup.
The last album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993’s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”
Slash released his fourth solo album and third with his band THE CONSPIRATORS, “Living The Dream”, last September.