Will the current version of Guns N' Roses ever make a new album? If guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has any say in the matter, the answer is yes. Although the group has a few shows coming up, Thal told Rolling Stone that there is music ready to go for a follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy. He explained, "There's a lot of stuff, it's just a question of all of us organizing. We're still doing shows, and I think once we clear our schedule and focus more on new music, it'll happen. We just have little things on the back burner, just waiting for the right time for us to organize and make something new out of it. Hopefully we can make more music -- that's what it's about."
- Thal believes that the group's fans want to hear something new from Guns too, saying, "They want new music, and we can do it. It's not that we're done. I'm not ready for that. We need to keep making music. We have a great band that's ready to do it and can do it well."
- Any chances of a new album, of course, depend on frontman Axl Rose. It took Rose 13 years to finish Chinese Democracy, burning through hundreds of thousands of dollars, multiple producers, every last remaining original member of the group and a few replacements before he was done.
- The finished product got mixed reviews and was a relative flop, moving less than one million copies in the U.S.
- But Rose remains an enigma. He has not spoken about making a new album in any of his rare interviews, still insists on going onstage late, and skipped out on Guns' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Keyboardist Dizzy Reed, not an original member of Guns but a 20-year veteran of the group, told us that unpredictability has always been part of being in the band: "The volatility is definitely still there, especially for me, because I've seen a lot. It keeps you on your toes for sure. I just show up every night as prepared as possible to do my job, and anything else that happens is out of my control. There's really no way to truly deal with that."
SIDE NOTES: One of just three copies of the white leather jacket that Axl Rose wore in Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" video, originally owned by the designer of the band's tour merchandise, has sold for $5,350 on eBay. The front of the jacket includes an embroidered design featuring Guns N' Roses' original lineup as they appeared on their 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction. The back includes the band's logo. Rose owns one of the remaining two copies while the other is displayed at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. (Loudwire)
JUST OUR OPINION: While it might be interesting to hear what this band comes up with on a new record -- since a number of them didn't record together or even play on Chinese Democracy, which was pieced together from years of sessions -- don't count on it happening. We just can't see Axl Rose approaching a new album with any sort of normal work ethic or schedule.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Would you like to see this version of Guns make a new record?
- Do you think this band could come up with something cool and interesting, that would sound like Guns N' Roses?
- What's the main obstacle that's stopping them from making new music? Is it their eccentric and enigmatic singer?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
Schneck wrote: "Hope Thal has a little patience."
Ari Basu wrote: "Wait another 20 years? I don't think so."
Tyson wrote: "I cannot wait for new Guns N Roses music! Say what you want about Axl...but he is a musical genius and no other artist I've ever come across has inspired me more."
Wes C Addle wrote: "I'm sure this guy wants to make new GNR music but does he realize who he's dealing with? GNR are a cover band. When Axl needs some dough, expect a GNR reunion. I still think it will happen. For monetary reasons only."
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