In a new interview with Cleavelnd.com, Guns N Roses guitarist Slash says he hopes to release new material next year from both Guns N Roses and with his solo band Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Slash’s last album with his solo band was 2018’s Living The Dream via Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records. GNR has not released a new album since 2008’s Chinese Democracy, but the core original band of Slash, W. Axl Rose, and Duff McKagan has not released an album since 1993’s covers album The Spaghetti Incident. The band also released a stand-alone single “The Shadow of Your Love” from 2018’s massive Appetite for Destruction boxed set.
In a new interview, Sons of Apollo and former Guns N Roses guitarist and songwriter Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal believes that the much-maligned Chinese Democracy album will gain more acceptance over time from fans and critics alike. Thal was in GNR from 2006 to 2014 was the featured guitarist on Chinese Democracy. The album took over ten years to complete as a reported cost of one million dollars. As reported by Radio Station Q104.3, in a recent interview with Music Is Win’s Tyler Larson, Thal pointed out that the conversation around Chinese Democracy had been tainted for years before the album actually arrived. But that doesn’t change the fact that the music is good. He noted that some of the stigma of the album has to do with the GNR acrimony over their issues, and not the music on the album, or GNR leader W. Axl Rose.
In a story we have been following,Guns N Roses have been “working fastidiously on killer stuff” for their much-anticipated new album. The news of GN’R progress on the follow-up to 2008’s Chinese Democracy LP was broken by Susan Holmes McKagan, wife of Guns bassist Duff McKagan, during an appearance on the latest episode of the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast. She said (hear audio below): “I will say GN’R have been working fastidiously on killer new stuff. And I can’t say much, but I’ve heard bits and bobs and it’s pretty epic. I do wanna spread the good news, but not detailed news, I guess.” Ever since Duff, guitarist Slash and singer Axl Rose reunited in 2016 as Guns N Roses, rumors have been circulating that new music from the band — the first to feature the three “classic-lineup” members since 1993 — was in the works. The band reportedly already recorded a cover song for a Record Store Day release that has as yet remained unreleased.
The return of Guns `N Roses is picking up steam in real tangible ways, not just the music industry rumor mill and the internet. Their website recently switched from the Chinese Democracy-style album cover to the more classic “GNR seal logo”. Also fans seeing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in some cities were treated to a cryptic trailer with the bands music, crowd noise and other elements indicating concerts or a performance. Another more concrete clue may lay with Alex Martel, the booker of the annual Amnesia Rockfest in Canada. As reported by 99scennes.com, in a post to his personal Facebook account, Alex speculated that the band is seeking 3-4 times what the 2015 headliner, System of A Down was paid. SOAD was paid between 1-2 million USD for the gig, meaning that GNR maybe seeing 6-8 million dollars for their appearance. Typically headline bands for major festivals command 1-2 million dollars for the larger and more exclusive appearances. As previously reported by Ghost Cult, the band has been in talks with promoters and planning a comeback in 2016 in some way. This may or may not include all of the original members, but will at least count Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan in its ranks.
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ThePulseOfRadio.com is reporting a “well-placed rumor” that any reunion of Guns N’ Roses may not include either the classic lineup, nor members from other early lineups of the band. According to the source, the lineup will certainly feature W. Axl Rose, Slash (Saul Hudson) and Duff McKagan from the original line-up. Beyond that it is unknown if either the reclusive Izzy Stadlin or Stephen Adler would be extended an invitation. Also unknown is whether Matt Sorum, who replaced Adler and was the longest-tenured GNR drummer would be invited back, or if Slash and fan favorite Gilby Clarke might appearas well. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed has continued to play with the latest incarnation of the band, and is assumed to return. A more likely scenario is that the original line-up of the band would be joined by current GNR members drummer Frank Ferrara and guitarist Richard Fortus.
As previously reported by Ghost Cult, Dishnation.com published a news story claiming that the “original lineup” Guns N’ Roses are set to reunite and begin a world tour, with the announcement being just “days away”.
As reported on the website:
“Slash and Axl have verbally agreed to get things together again and reform the original band. The live shows is where they can show the world what they had and also make the greatest earnings.”
“Promoters are quietly working away to land opportunities. Details of the reunion are expected to leak out in the next few days. Everyone is expecting huge demand for tickets, but the boys are very humble and are not sure what to expect.”