Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash opened up about the band’s current plans on making new music during a recent appearance on Audacy Check In. The musician revealed that they are only working on already existing material rather than writing new songs.
As many of you know, the last record Guns N’ Roses released was their sixth studio album ‘Chinese Democracy’ on November 23, 2008. The album, which took a decade to record, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and received generally favorable reviews.
Despite achieving international chart success, the album did not meet sales expectations in the United States. It only sold over one million copies in Europe and 2.6 million units worldwide. Considering it was the most expensive rock album ever produced with reported costs of $13 million, sales were below expectations.
The band released some new music on August 6, 2021, with their single, ‘Absurd,’ since their 2008 album. It was followed by the release of ‘Hard Skool’ on September 24, and both tracks are reworkings of songs from the Chinese Democracy sessions. The band is set to release a new EP named after the latter in February 2022.
Guitarist Slash recently gave an update on the band’s current work in an interview and revealed that they aren’t at a point where they are properly focused on writing new material. It appears that they are rather reworking their previous works, which sounds disappointing for their fans who have been waiting since 2008.
As for their brand new two singles, the GN’R icon said that lead singer Axl Rose had already recorded them during the making of their sixth studio album. According to Slash, he and bassist Duff McKagan had to work on their parts and put the songs together.
In his own words, Slash stated:
“As far as new Guns N’ Roses is concerned, we haven’t even gotten to that point of really in earnest sitting down and writing. We’ve been doing a lot of material that’s been sort of sitting around for a while. So that will be a whole focused endeavor unto itself.”
Regarding their recent singles, GNR guitarist said:
“They both have a lot of history. What happened was Axl has all these songs that he recorded at some point along the way. And so Duff and I went in and re-did them, basically… Like, I wrote my own kind of parts to what else is going on, and we just sort of took the drums and re-did everything else.”
You can watch the entire interview and listen to the GN’R tracks below.