Even though 2008's Chinese Democracy wasn't the most well-received Guns N' Roses album, fans were still grateful to finally hear something new from the group after 15 years. But if anyone is hoping to hear a new record from the current version of the band anytime soon, they shouldn't hold their breath. During a live chat online earlier this week, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal addressed that question, saying, "You know what?! Just forget about a new record until it happens. I mean, I can't even begin . . . How long have we been talking about a new f***ing record?"
Thal added, "No, we haven't been in the studio together; no, we haven't started writing together as a band. If something came out at this point, it would be very old material that is just being released now. So it would be unheard material, but to me, I don't consider that a new record, I consider that just releasing old material from a band that doesn't exist anymore. And we need to make an album of this band right now."
- Thal said that he asked singer and sole founding member Axl Rose about making new music just recently, adding, "I'm all about making music; that's why I make music -- to make music. So I'd like to really do that. I would be very happy if Guns N' Roses could do that. We'll see what happens. That's all I can say."
- Keyboardist Dizzy Reed told us a while back that a follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy didn't look likely to happen soon: "We haven't really talked a lot about that. We recorded a lot of material back, you know, when we started working on Chinese Democracy, so there's a quite a bit of unreleased stuff, I think, that would be really cool to be finished and put out. Everyone has great ideas and we're always sort of bouncing stuff off each other and I think eventually something's got to give, you know, and it's gonna come out."
- As for Axl himself, the subject of a new album was just broached to him in an interview with Adelaide Now. When asked whether there would be new Guns music in 2013, he replied, "I can give you a definite maybe."
- The last Guns album, Chinese Democracy, took 13 years and a reported $13 million to complete, and saw the exit of the entire original band as well as several succeeding lineups.
- Guns N' Roses is currently on tour in Australia.
CHECK IT OUT: Read Axl's entire, lengthy interview via email with Adelaide Now, in which he addresses all the standard questions about reunions, arriving onstage late and so forth: http://tinyurl.com/abdm7zm
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think there will ever be a new Guns album? Do you care?
- Would you want to hear an album by this lineup? What about a new record from the original band?
- Why do you think Axl Rose won't commit to recording new music anytime soon?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?
Drew Waepew wrote: "Finally someone (Thal) who speaks from the heart instead of their wallets!!!"
Frank Culler wrote: "One listen to Chinese Democracy will tell you that the current band is NOT and NEVER will be GNR. Guns n Roses will always be Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven and Matt. Axl needs to stop deceiving people with this charade that his current band is just as good. It's nowhere close."
Rich Tate wrote: "For all intents and purposes, GNR ceased to exist in 1996-97 after Slash and Duff departed."
Mark Arenz wrote: "Was never a big GNR fan, but I respect them all except Mr. 'it's all about me'! GNR will never be s*** without the talent in the band!! And you, mr. rose...have none!"
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