Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has confirmed the reunited line-up are making a new album.
Since McKagan and guitarist Slash rejoined Axl Rose in the band in 2016, there have been several successful tours but no sign of any new material.
However, McKagan has confirmed he has heard demos Rose has been working on. He told Trunk Nation radio: “There’s never been a direct schedule on how we do things. I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl has, really cool stuff he’s been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities of that, of course.”
But the bassist admitted that fans shouldn’t expect new music soon, saying: “I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.”
Guns N’ Roses’ most recent album was ‘Chinese Democracy’ in 2008. That itself was their first album of new music since the classic line-up’s last album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ in 1993. Their last albums of new music were ‘Use Your Illusion I & II’, released on the same day in 1991.
McKagan said the secrecy around new music was so the band could keep a sense of mystery. He stated: “The album is real. But the fun part and the cool part about Guns N’ Roses is we don’t really talk about it. What happens next just happens.”
Despite that mystique, Slash and fellow guitarist Richard Fortus have both previously hinted that new music was in the offing. At the end of their latest tour in 2018, Fortus said new music could arrive “Faster than you think.”
Slash said: “There’s material and stuff going on already for a new record. It’s just that, with Guns N’ Roses, you don’t go ‘Oh, there’s a plan, and it’s going to be like this.’ That’s not how it works.”