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Slash Says Guns N’ Roses Have Been Working on New Material During the Quarantine


After Axl Rose’s Chinese Democracy finally came out in 2008, people started being all, “What’s the new Chinese Democracy gonna be?” (i.e., what will be the new album we’re talking about FOR-FUCKING-EVER before it finally comes out). It was kinda-sorta the new Necrophagist album for awhile, until people seemed to begrudgingly accept that that record would never be released; it was Anthrax’s Worship Music for a few years (remember — somewhere on Scott Ian’s hard drive, there’s a whole other version of that record with Dan Nelson on vocals); then it was Tool’s new album until they at last released Fear Inoculum last year.

At this point, I think there’s basically two albums that fall under this category. One is the new System of a Down record.

The other, funnily, if not surprisingly, is the new Guns N’ Roses album. We are now in year four of the reunion between Rose and fellow founding members Slash and Duff McKagan, and the trio have been promising new music almost from the get-go. GN’R were never exactly a band you’d call “prolific,” but the wait is already pissing me off.

Why am I rambling about this? Oh, right. Because during a interview conducted as part of Sweetwater’s GearFest Online, Slash was asked how he’s been spending his downtime during the pandemic, and he said this:

“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 and I’ve been jamming with Axl, 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. I’m basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for Guns N’ Roses and whatnot.”

The Artist Formerly Known as Saul Hudson continued:

“It’s a crazy, crazy time – definitely one for the books. But it’s been a good creative time, so that’s another one of the blessings – just sitting down and being patient and writing and not feeling rushed about it and not doing it so much on the fly, which I normally do.

“So it’s been a good creative period and something good will come out of it.”

So that sounds semi-encouraging. I still think we may not actually hear any new Guns music before Axl’s sixtieth birthday in 2022, but I’d love to be wrong about that.

You can check out the entire interview below.


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