Slash is Working On New Music For a New Guns N’ Roses Album

In a brand new interview with Sweetwater’s Nick Bowcott, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was has given fans an update on his other music projects including Guns N Roses! He responded (hear audio below, text transcribed by Blabbermouth.net): “I’ve been pretty much a homebody, but I’ve been back and forth between my studio in the house and doing a lot of writing and recording on my own. I’ve been jamming with Duff [McKagan, Guns N’ Roses bassist] and I’ve been jamming with Axl [Rose, Guns N’ Roses singer], and I’ve been doing stuff like that, so we’ve been getting some work done that way. But I haven’t been doing much else. I haven’t been doing any collaborations with the odd artists and whatnot. [I’m] basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for Guns and whatnot.”

Slash, who is notorious for his road-warrior ways, also discussed what it has been like spending so much time at home without being able to perform live.

“It’s frustrating, because we would be on the road right now,” he said. “The whole [Guns N’ Roses] tour from March all the way through September is obviously canceled until next year. And then we don’t even know for sure what’s gonna happen next year. So that was frustrating. I had a cat who was really sick, and it was sort of a blessing that I was home to be there for her the whole time that she was sick. And I had to put her down, actually, a few days ago. But it would have been horrible if I had been gone and Meegan [Hodges, Slash’s girlfriend] was left to deal with it all on her own. So there was somewhat of a blessing there. And it’s been good to be with the kids and just to sort of be around. So those are the small blessings. So I try not to complain; I just sort of deal with it. The frustrating part about it was being home and doing nothing but house work for a couple of months.”

As previously reported, Guns N’ Roses’ previously announced summer 2020 North American stadium tour has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The nearly two-month-long trek was scheduled to kick off on July 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and run through August 26 on Missoula, Montana.

The band is now reportedly working on a new studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature Rose, Slash and McKagan since 1993.

Guns N’ Roses’ reunion tour features classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Melissa Reece Details How She Joined Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

In a new interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Melissa Reece talked about how she joined Guns N Roses in 20016 as a keyboard player and backup singer. She discussed how she got inducted into the band, what it was like to break the glass ceiling of the male-dominated world of glam rock with the biggest band in the world and why it’s a bad idea to swallow your own vomit on stage. The band had their runaway successful “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, interrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Continue reading

Guns N Roses Shares “Live And Let Die” Shirt Trolling The President

In a story Ghost Cult broke the news of earlier in the week, Guns N Roses cover of ‘Live and Let Die’ (originally by Paul McCartney) was played at The President visited a mask factory in the soon to reopen state of Arizona. Never one to miss a chance for commerce, they have released at “Live and Let Die with COVID-45” shirt for fans. As seen below, the shirt features the name of the song, albeit with Guns N’ Roses dedication to the “‘n,” and it appears to take it shot at Trump as well, reading: “Live N’ Let Die With COVID-45.” Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Continue reading

Guns N Roses Cancels Their 2020 European Tour Dates

Guns N’ Roses canceled their spring and summer tour dates for the 2020 European leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour. The band made an announcement today via social media from assist Duff McKagan, which you can see below. The trek, which began three and a half years ago, recently became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. Tickets go on sale on December 18 at 9 a.m. local time. Launched in April 2016, “Not in This Lifetime” features classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and singer Axl Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

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Guns N Roses’ Version of “Live and Let Die” Plays During Presidential Mask Factory Visit

Not all heroes wear capes! As reported by the LA Times, President Trump toured an N95 mask manufacturing plant in Phoenix on Tuesday, his visit through the facility was accompanied by a coincidental musical soundtrack: Guns ‘N Roses’ legendary cover of the Paul McCartney and Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’. The song originally appeared as the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name. The president and his entourage were touring a Honeywell factory that produces the masks, worn by medical workers to protect them from breathing in the deadly COVID-19 virus. Standing next to a green bin filled with hundreds of masks, Trump, who was sans mask, much to the chagrin of the factory manager, watched an employee work as the music segued from the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ into the song that is still a highlight of GNR concerts! The background music for the tour also included Trump rally stalwarts such as Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.’

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Guns N Roses Are Working on a New Album During Quarantine

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

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.

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Guns N Roses Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates for Later in 2020

Guns N Roses has announced rescheduled tour dates for later in 2020, for the shows they had to postpone due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic outbreak. he new shows will take place in November and December, with all original tickets honored for the rescheduled dates. Guns N Roses tweeted out a video with a link to the tour page on the band’s official web site and included the following message: “GNR fam, we’re announcing new rescheduled #GNR2020 tour dates. Hold onto your tickets, see you soon” Launched in 2016, the “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which began four years ago, recently became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. Continue reading

Guns N Roses’ Costa Rica Concert Next Week Is Canceled Over Coronavirus Fears

According to Diario Extra, Guns N Roses March 18 concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica is among the “massive events and activities” that have been canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado said at a press conference that mass gathering events in the country are being suspended for at least two weeks and until further notice. These include concerts, topes (horse parades) and regional festivals. Costa Rica has confirmed nine cases of coronavirus. Thirty-four people are suspected of having coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry’s latest figures, released Sunday night. More than 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and over 3,000 people have died — the majority in China. Continue reading

Guns N Roses Books Summer North American Tour Dates

Fresh off their performance in Miami this weekend with Snoop Dogg before SuperBowl 54, Guns N Roses has announced nineteen additional tour dates if their Not In This Lifetime tour. Confirmed to kick off in the New York/New Jersey area at Met Life Stadium on July 18th and in Boston on July 21st at the legendary Fenway Park and end in Missoula, MT on August 24th. GNR will return to many cities they first played on the first leg of their comeback tour in 2016, and there are gaps in the schedule so perhaps more dates will get added. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th at the link below! Continue reading

Guns N Roses Adds Second London Concert for 2020 Due To Overwhelming Demand

Due to overwhelming demand, Guns N Roses has had to add a second show in London next May. The new London date at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for May 30 — one day after the previously announced concert at the same venue. A statement about the U.K. shows reads: “The event marks the first live music concert to be staged at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since the venue opened in April this year and the two nights will be the only dates that the band will be performing their enormous and beloved catalogue of hits in the U.K.” Tickets are on sale now through Live Nation. The GNR “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which began three and a half years ago, recently became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. Continue reading