Guns N’ Roses aren’t going anywhere – in case you’re wondering whether they’ll pack it in soon.
In the midst of a tour that has seen them play all over the world, with original members Slash and Duff McKagan, there has been much speculation as to whether the band will continue and in what form. Questions have also arisen about whether there is any interest in recording new music with the current lineup.
In a new interview with Classic Rock Slash revealed some news, saying basically there is “nothing official,” because the extensive touring hasn’t allowed them much time to or opportunity to collaborate.
Slash said, “With Guns, we’ve just started to touch the surface of what that’s going to all be, so I haven’t really fallen into that groove yet.” Not wanting to damper any hopes that fans might have about new recordings, he added, “I think everybody thinks it’s a good idea, and everybody would like to do it.” He went on to say that finding material won’t be an issue: “There’s no shortage of ideas from everybody involved, but we’ve been so busy on the road there hasn’t really been time to go in and sit down and go, ‘Okay, we’re going to make a record.’”
In the meantime, Slash’s focus will be the work he is doing with his side project, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Next month, they will release ‘Living the Dream,’ the band’s third record, which will be followed by a month on the road for promotion. Any writing with GnR is limited to finding a gap between the Conspirators touring and GnR’s touring schedule.
Slash did admit that when it comes to writing, he doesn’t necessarily write with either band in mind. “When Guns started its ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour, the writing I was doing was actually more tailored towards Guns, because that was the environment I was in. But a riff is a riff, so it could work in either context.” He added that with the Conspirators, “Myles Kennedy will come up with something and I’ll come up with something, so we get a real diverse record.”
The unpredictability of GnR came through in another comment: “With Guns, you have no idea where that’s going to go either, so it’s really hard to focus on one or the other, but I feel like while I’m out with Guns I’m thinking about Guns stuff. When I’m out with Conspirators, I’m thinking of Conspirators.”