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 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

Smashing Pumpkins to Open Select Shows for Guns N Roses in 2020

Smashing Pumpkins will open for Guns N Roses at select shows for their highly anticipated 2020 North American tour. All dates are listed below and tickets go on sale to the general public for North American dates starting Friday, February 7 at 12 p.m. local time at the link below. The Pumpkins are at present recording their new album in Nashville for a late 2020 release. The new disc will be the follow-up to 2018’s Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., which was their first in over eighteen years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Corgan released his latest solo album, Cotillions, in November via his own Martha’s Music label. Like 2017’s Ogilala, the disc was issued under his full name, William Patrick Corgan. 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

Richard Fortus Says Guns N Roses Hopes to Have New Music Out in 2020

In a new interview with Forbes, Guns N Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says the band hopes to release new music in 2020. As the band continues the “Not In This Lifetime” tour they continue to pull from GNR’s entire catalog, “We love bringing new songs in. We always rehearse stuff up. It’s just a matter of everyone sort of feeling comfortable to integrate it into the show. I hope that we have new music out this coming year.” 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

Metallica and Guns N Roses Among the Highest Earning Musicians In The World According to Forbes

According to a research report by Forbes magazine, Metallica and Guns N Roses are among the highest-paid entertainers in the world. Published on Friday (December 6), the outlet revealed Metallica earned $68.5 million this year, landing the No. 10 spot on the Forbes list of Highest-Earning Musicians. Guns N’ Roses came in at No. 25, with 2019 earnings of $44 million.To determine its rankings, Forbes considers income from touring, music and outside business ventures with the help of Pollstar, Nielsen Music and interviews with industry insiders, including many of the stars themselves. Forbes’s list measures pretax earnings and does not deduct fees for agents, managers or lawyers. Earlier this week, Billboard reported that Metallica was the highest-ranked hard rock act on the magazine’s year-end Boxscore chart, with a combined gross of $177 million from 46 reported concerts during the band’s ongoing “WorldWired” tour. The band sold 1.7 million tickets around the world during the 12-month time frame that determined the chart’s rankings. Continue reading

Guns N Roses to Play Intimate Hollywood Club Show This Weekend

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N Roses has announced in partnership with Citi and Live Nation that the band will perform an intimate club show at the iconic Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, September 21 as part of the highly coveted Citi Sound Vault series. Returning to this venue for the first time in nearly a decade, fans will get to experience the magic of their outrageously successful “Not In This Lifetime” tour in an intimate setting. The last time the band played such a small venue was last year at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and before that, the bands’ club days over thirty years ago. Last year the band made history by performing in Hawaii for the first time ever at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium. The band kicks off new tour dates this month. Continue reading