Axl Rose Confirms That Guns N’ Roses are Working on New Music with Slash and Duff McKagan
For GN’R fans, the big question now that 3/5ths of the band’s classic line-up has reunited is, of course, “Will they make new music?” Rumors have been floating around since February that the answer is “yes,” but we didn’t have any confirmation of that rumor… until now.
Guns N’ Roses frontman, the always perfectly in shape Axl Rose, participated in a Q&A session at the China Exchange in London yesterday — which is kind of amazing, given how rarely the guy does interviews, and that even fans who buy insanely expensive VIP packages to the Guns reunion tour won’t be granted the same experience. Anyway, there are plenty of good pull quotes from the Q&A, which you can listen to below, but the most important info Rose shared was this:
“We are working on new stuff. I’ve got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff [McKagan] and they liked it. And Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] and I are talking about working together.”
The GN’R news isn’t all that surprising; again, there were already rumors that this was happening, and it makes sense — as long as there’s money to be made, there’s no reason to pull the plug on the reunion, and a new album would provide an excuse to tour for another year (at least). Of course, Rose has always been notoriously slow in the studio, even before Chinese Democracy — remember that the Use Your Illusion albums were delayed multiple times — so who knows when we’ll actually hear any fresh material for Rose, Slash, and McKagan. There’s also always the possibility that something goes wrong during the reunion tour and Axl and Slash begin to hate each other again (Rose continues to assert, even now, that Slash’s autobiography is more or less bullshit, so there’s a possible point of contention right there). But, fingers crossed, we may have some new GN’R music — actual new GN’R music, not Roses and the Hired Guns music — sometime before 2044.
As for the AC/DC thing… well, that obviously a riskier proposition, since not all AC/DC fans are onboard the Rose nightrain. For whatever it’s worth, reputable sources tell MetalSucks that Angus Young does, indeed, want to make at least one more AC/DC album, with or without Brian Johnson. As to whether or not this actually happens, and whether or not it includes Rose, we’ll just hafta wait and see.
Here’s the full Q&A: