Guns N’ Roses are about to start work on their first album in more than a quarter century. According to guitarist Slash, the reunited band will hit the studio in the fall once their current string of dates wrap up on Oct. 13 with the Exit 111 Festival. Speaking to Detroit’s 101 WRIF this week, Slash confirmed that the legendary metal icons are ready to get at it again.
“After those Guns dates we’ll be working on the record,” he said before his phone line went dead for four minutes mid-interview. “When we finish the tour in the fall then we will commit on working on the next Guns record.”
The last time the top-hatted guitarist spoke to the station about new music he didn’t have much to say, but this time around there was finally something to talk about. “The thing is, we haven’t really done anything yet, and I don’t like to say anything. You know how people used to promote shit and lie through their teeth?” he told DJ Meltdown, initially skirting around a question about whether new music was on the horizon. “So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point. But at this point, I do know that we are gonna do this run [of shows in the fall], and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”
The band’s blockbuster Not In This Lifetime tour played 159 shows in 41 countries between April 2016 and December 2018, marking the reunion of lone original member singer Axl Rose with Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, as well as keyboardist Dizzy Reed. A spokesperson for the band could not be reached for comment about the new album.
Rose released the long-delayed Chinese Democracy in 2008 with a different lineup of players, but the new album would mark the first time the singer has recorded with Slash and McKagan since 1993’s covers effort The Spaghetti Incident? In an interview earlier this year with Eddie Trunk McKagan confirmed that he’s heard some new material Rose is working on, clarifying that there is no timeline for recording.
“Oh, it’s real, but the fun part and the cool part about Guns N’ Roses is we don’t really talk about it, and what happens next just happens,” he said. “It’s never been that band that there’s a direct schedule of how we do things. I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl has, really cool stuff he’s been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.”
Listen to Slash’s interview below (GNR talk begins around the four-minute mark).