Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rumor Mill: Slash Working on New Guns N' Roses Material

It looks like the conflict between Axl Rose and Slash is truly over, at least if you can believe rumors.

Word is that Slash is in the studio working on new material for Guns N' Roses. Arlett Vereecke, former publicist for the band, told Classic Rock "I know they’re doing some recording. They’re definitely doing something there in the studio. Axl hasn’t been there, but Slash is definitely in there and it’s not for anyone else."

In addition, there are rumors that Izzy Stradlin could possibly be joining the reunion. Former manager Alan Niven told CR "Duff and Izzy were in the studio before Christmas doing stuff. At a casual glance I think they’ve got at least a couple of tracks down".

Initially, when the reunion was first being discussed, it was only going to be Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan; however, since that time, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed left their band The Dead Daisies for what they described as a "momentous project" with people insisting that it had to be the GNR reunion. Frank Ferrer's name was also being bantered around.

All told, the majority of the early versions of Guns N' Roses is now possibly on board for the tour and rumored new album.

  • Axl Rose has been a member of the band since its inception in 1985.
  • Slash was a member from 1985 to 1996.
  • Duff McKagan was a member from 1985 to 1997. 
  • Izzy Stradlin was a member from 1985 to 1991. 
  • Dizzy Reed joined in 1990.
Not on the roster, at least right now, are Steven Adler (1985 to 1990), Matt Sorum (1990 to 1997) and Gilby Clarke (1991 to 1994).

While this would seem to point to an evening of music from Appetite For Destruction, G N' R Lies and Use Your Illusion I and II, Vereecke says that's not going to be the case. Expect music from Chinese Democracy to be mixed into the set. 

Confirmed dates:

  • 04/08 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
  • 04/09 - Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
  • 04/16 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
  • 04/19 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol
  • 04/20 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol
  • 04/23 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival