Guns N’ Roses guitarist unsure of band’s future

Richard Fortus hasn't heard from Axl or management in "a while"

Guitarist Richard Fortus has thrown doubt on the future of Guns N’ Roses, saying he hasn’t heard news on the band for some time.

The guitarist has been part of Guns N’ Roses since 2001, making him the longest serving ‘new line-up’ guitarist in the band. He commented on the band’s current status in response to a question about plans to tour and record in 2016.

“The current state of GN’R is pretty up in the air,” he explained to “The last I heard they wanted to finish up the recordings that we have and put them out next year and start touring. But it has been a while since I’ve heard from anybody in that camp as far as management or Axl. So I really don’t know.”

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Fortus is also complimentary towards Axl Rose in the interview, however, arguing he’s “never met anyone with as much musical and artistic integrity” as the controversial frontman.

He also spoke of the material already produced for the ‘Chinese Democracy’ follow-up, saying that “there’s a lot of stuff recorded”, but also that he has “no idea if it will end up being used or scrapped, or if we’ll end up redoing it”.

Only last month, Fortus talked about Guns N’ Roses having enough material to make up two or three new albums, while back in April DJ Ashba said the band are on hiatus, but that he expects it to be fairly short term.

Guns N’ Roses have released only the ‘Appetite for Democracy’ live album since ‘Chinese Democracy’ ended a 17-year wait for an original material follow-up to ‘Use Your Illusion II’ in 2008. Their most recent gigs came as part of a nine-night residency in Las Vegas, in June of 2014.