Slash Offers an Update on New Guns N’ Roses Material

Despite having released two “new” songs originally intended for Chinese Democracy over the summer, Slash says Guns N’ Roses have not actually begun to work on new material as of yet.

Speaking with Audacy Check In, the guitarist says:

“As far as new Guns 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.”

Slash went on to explain how the band came to focus on the previously-unreleased Chinese Democracy-era tracks “Absurd” and “Hard Skool,” which were released in July and September:

“They both have a lot of history. What happened was Axl [Rose, GN’R singer] has all these songs that he recorded at some point along the way. And so Duff [McKagan, GN’R bassist] 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.”

Both songs will be included on a new EP, also called Hard Skool, due for release next year. The songs mark Slash and Duff’s first time recording original material with Guns N’ Roses since 1991.

Slash recently announced 4, a new album from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. That’s due out February 11. It will be the inaugural release on Gibson Records, the new label from Gibson Guitars. You can listen to the first single, “River is Rising,” here.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators Live Dates

Feb 08 Roseland Theater Portland, OR [tickets]
Feb 09: Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA [tickets]
Feb 11: Cache Creek Casino Resort Brooks, CA [tickets]
Feb 12: The Warfield San Francisco, CA [tickets]
Feb 15: Arizona Federal Theatre Phoenix, AZ [tickets]
Feb 16: Harrah’s Resort Southern CA Valley Center CA [tickets]
Feb 18: YouTube Theater Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
Feb 19: Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, NV [tickets]
Feb 22: Delta Hall Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
Feb 23: Paramount Theatre Denver, CO [tickets]
Feb 25: Arvest Bank Theatre The Midland Kansas City, MO [tickets]
Feb 26: Mystic Lake Casino Mystic Showroom Prior Lake, MN [tickets]
Feb 28: Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI [tickets]
Mar 02: Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL [tickets]
Mar 04: The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, CAN [tickets]
Mar 05: The Vine at Del Lago Waterloo, NY [tickets]
Mar 07: House of Blues Boston, MA [tickets]
Mar 09: The Fillmore Silver Springs, MD [tickets]
Mar 11: Tropicana Atlantic City, NJ [tickets]
Mar 12: Beacon Theatre New York, NY [tickets]
Mar 14: Dominion Energy Center Richmond, VA [tickets]
Mar 16: Grand Ole Opry Nashville, TN [tickets]
Mar 18: Coca Cola Roxy Atlanta, GA [tickets]
Mar 19: Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC [tickets]
Mar 21: The Fillmore Charlotte, NC [tickets]
Mar 23: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, SC [tickets]
Mar 25: Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL [tickets]
Mar 26: Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL [tickets]

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