In a new interview for the StageLeft podcast, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has revealed that the band is “assembling ideas” for a new album. If true, it would be the first album since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?” to feature both Axl Rose and Slash, along with original bassist Duff McKagan.
If a new album is truly in the works, it would be the band’s first album since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy, itself a mostly Axl-led project.
Fortus, who since 2001 has been the band’s longest serving guitarist, was vague as to what the band was actually laying down in the studio, saying:
We haven’t started recording anything. . . We’ve been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, sort of assembling ideas.
Another member of the classic lineup, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, had revealed in a past interview that there was a wealth of unreleased and unrecorded material that had been started during the “Chinese Democracy” sessions. If this should become part of the album, it would definitely be good news for fans of the “Appetite of Destruction“-era GNR who have been aching for Slash’s input on this fabled material.
The band is currently on an extended reunion tour that began in 2016 and is the classic line-up’s first since 1993. The next leg is due to begin this upcoming July in St. Louis.