Guns N’Roses guitarist Slash, is optimistic that 2021 will see the band releasing new music. The 55 year old rocker is also hoping to release a further album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Slash said that he has recently been working with bassist Duff McKagan on new material. This new material is expected be part of the first album for the band since “Chinese Democracy” in 2008.
Another project that could be on the cards for the guitarist is a follow up to his 2018 solo album “Living The Dream”. It would be his fifith solo album and fourth billed as “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators”. 20 songs are reportedly being lined up for this project.
Speaking to Cleveland.com, Slash said, “We did a week of intial pre-production (on the Conspirators album). There’s 20 songs and we’re gonna start back up next year”.
“I spent a lot of time writing and demoing that stuff”, he added.
“Prior to that, Duff McKagan and I did some jamming and we also worked on the Guns record. I’ve also had a couple of ancillary recordings and jams on top of that, so there’s been a lot of stuff going on. I’m really not good at slowing down and just sitting around”.
The musician added, “I would like to think that we’d have some new stuff out next year, from both camps. It’s hard to say, but I would like to think we’ll have some stuff out next year”.
Slash on Eddie Van Halen’s death:
Slash said that he and fellow musician Eddie Van Halen stayed in contact, until his death. The Guns N’Roses guitarist described his passing as a “huge blow”.
He said, “He’s somebody that I’ve known for a long time – and we have some good stories. We have a ton of mutual friends as well and I know they’re all devastated. So I’m sort of speechless”. He added, “In rock and roll, this is one of those things that is going to impact the whole community – and beyond that too – but really deeply the rock and roll community. And I’m just sort of shocked.”. See here.
Van Halen died in October 2020 aged 65 following a battle with cancer. More here.