Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist, Slash has revealed that the band has not yet written any original, new tracks since they reunited. Despite the recent announcement of their new EP, as well as barnstorming stadiums and arenas for more than five years, no new music has materialised.
For the first time since the ‘93 Use Your Illusion tour, Slash and McKagan reunited with Axl Rose for 2016’s Not in This Lifetime tour. Discussing for his upcoming fourth solo LP with Audacy, the G’N’R guitarist revealed the band have yet to create anything new together.
“As far as new Guns is concerned, we haven’t even gotten to that point of really in earnest sitting down and writing,” Slash revealed. “We’ve been doing a lot of material that’s been sort of sitting around for a while. So [new music] will be a whole focused endeavour unto itself.”
G’N’R recently released Absurd and Hard Skool, a current take on previously composed works by singer Rose. “They both have a lot of history,” Slash reveals of the newly released G’N’R tracks. “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 redid them basically. … Like, I wrote my own kind of parts to what else is going on and just sort of took the drums and redid everything else.”
Rumours of a new G’N’R album began circulating when McKagan hinted that a new album could be on the horizon. The bass player revealed that he had heard some “magnificent, “really cool” stuff that Rose had been working on.
“Oh, it’s real, but the fun part and the cool part about G’N’R is we don’t really talk about it, and what happens next just happens,” McKagan said at the time. “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.”
Pouring more fuel to the rumour fire in January 2020, Slash claimed a new G’N’R album was underway. However, the 56-year-old raised some question marks on what form it might take by revealing, “stuff is happening, but there are no specifics”.
“More than anything, it’s because of the nature of the industry right now,” Slash claims. “It’s just like, how do you want to do this? I mean, there’s material and there’s recording and there’s s*** going on, but we’re not really sure what we’re doing with it right now.”