In a new interview with Eddie Trunk’s (Friday, August 3) edition of “Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill” on SiriusXM, Slash said the current members of Guns N Roses have discussed making new music. This is the first time since 3/5ths of the classic lineup (Slash, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan) reunited two years ago for the wildly successful Not In This Lifetime Tour.
“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.”
According to Slash, the original plan for the reunion was to only play five shows.
“That’s initially what it was gonna be. “We didn’t have a big, long-term thing [planned]. Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES singer] and I got together, and we talked for a while and so on, and we thought it would be cool to 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. 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.”
“The last shows that we did was ’94 in South America, so we were at that place where we were playing stadiums. So when this came back around, the first offers were to do stadium-type gigs. So I was, like, ‘Okay. That’s great.’ I think, more than anything, I was just excited about the enthusiasm. Considering, for me personally, being out of it for so long, coming back into it and seeing these insane crowds… It was, in my opinion, better received this time around than it was in the last years of the ’90s that I was in it. It was really, really cool. And it’s one of those times you can appreciate playing in a stadium, because you’re playing for anywhere from 30 to 80 thousand people that are so dialed into your shit that it’s like playing in a club — it’s got that kind of personal toe-to-toe feel to it. So it was really, really a blast.”
“The most surreal moment was soundcheck at the Troubadour [in April 2016] — that was a very surreal moment. Way before we played the show and everything, just being together with everybody, being in that particular environment, of course stuffing 10 times more gear in there than we had back in the day. And then looking over and seeing Axl and seeing Duff [McKagan, GUNS N’ ROSES bassist], that was a very surreal moment. The rest of it seemed very, very new. I’m with a guy who was a partner in crime with me for many years before we had this, sort of, falling-out thing. And then, obviously, Duff. And we were up there playing these gigs. And 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. It’s an interesting thing. It didn’t hit those tiny moments of, like, ‘Oh my God! I remember hitting this chord, and he was there back in 1991,’ or anything like that.”
Slash will release his fourth solo album and third with the backing band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators-Living The Dream, in September.