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Why Guns N’ Roses needs a new album

Photo contributed by Guilherme Neto/Guns N’ Roses

Picture this: it’s been 15 long years since the last Guns N’ Roses record, “Chinese Democracy.” It’s also been 30 years since the last Guns N’ Roses record to feature multiple original members, 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident.”

Three of the founding members — Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan — reunited in the spring 2016. Since then, they have toured relentlessly and have released three previously written singles along the way, 2021’s “ABSURD” and “Hard Skool” and 2023’s “Perhaps.”

While it’s nice that the band released leftover tracks from the “Chinese Democracy,” the real question is, when are fans getting new, original material?

I think the next few months would be the perfect time to release a full-length record. It was widely reported that Guns N’ Roses are working on a full-length record, as confirmed by Slash back in January 2022. But that was well over a year ago.

Since the confirmation, the band has dug into the closet and pulled out some deep cuts to play in concert. After the release of “Perhaps,” the band announced that the next single, “The General,” would be released as the B-side of the vinyl copy of “Perhaps.”

On top of Slash confirming that the band was recording a new record, photos surfaced online of Axl and Slash in the studio while on tour, which the band’s management quickly took down.

The band has gone to far lengths to keep things a secret, which also includes delaying the release of “Perhaps” after copies were leaked at a bar this past summer.

As someone who has been a fan of the band since I was a freshman in high school, I have been long obsessed over the idea of new original material.

For the last few years, fans have been fortunate enough to get a McKagan solo album, “Tenderness,” released in 2019. In addition to McKagan’s record, fans also received two Slash records, featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, in 2018 and 2019. If other members can release multiple solo records, why can’t Guns N’ Roses release a full-length record or at least an EP?

I know that I can speak for a majority of Guns N’ Roses fans when I say that it’s time for new music to be released.

This summer, there have been so many great records from bands coming out of long hiatuses, like Queens of the Stone Age, Mammoth WVH, The Foo Fighters and Greta Van Fleet. So why should Guns N’ Roses only release one single?

Other great rock bands, like The Struts and Dirty Honey, are slated to release new records this coming fall. Ironically, Dirty Honey is opening for Guns N’ Roses on their fall tour of the U.S.

Since we’re talking about what could be, what if former rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin rejoined the band after the falling out with the other members at the start of the reunion? What if original drummer Steven Adler or Matt Sorum from the “Use Your Illusion” record were brought back to round out a full-fledged reunion?

Now, this thought will be a major stretch, but, if Stradlin doesn’t come back, could Guns N’ Roses bring back Gilby Clarke, who replaced Stradlin on the “Use Your Illusion” tour?

There are so many “what if” scenarios that could happen with this band. In terms of former members returning, I know fans are split down the middle. Some fans want former members to return while others are OK with current members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer.

In all honesty, I love Fortus and Ferrer. While I would love to see Stradlin, Adler, Sorum or Clarke return, I’m OK with the band as it is.

Guns N’ Roses has become a band wrapped in mystery. It has released music sporadically and fans have been whispering about a new record for years. It is only a matter of time.

With that said, “Perhaps” now is the perfect time for “the most dangerous band in the world” to make the announcement that fans are waiting for.

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    Celio AzevedoMay 13, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    To close the circle, just one more.

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    SupernautDec 5, 2023 at 1:14 am

    Are we pretending that Mammoth is a great band

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    JohnSep 27, 2023 at 4:37 am

    As it is, I really do believe that GN’R will release an “Album” soon… Unfortunately, just not this year because for One, they’re still Touring right now which will end in October. For Two, There’s also strong rumors of them possibly releasing “Atlas Shrugged” (another Chinese Democracy outtake) this November! For last but certainly not least… for Three, right in the beginning before the first Gig took off in “Abu Dhabi” there were Interviews with Fortus “stating that there were gonna be surprises during this Tour and that things were gonna be shaken up a lot!”
    As well as Slash “stating that Three New Songs were going to be coming out this year and that after the Tour was finished… the Band is going back into the Studio to work on New Music for the New Album that “Should” be coming out next year!”

    Now, if you count them off from what Slash spoke about on June 1st in Abu Dhabi this year, there are now Two Tracks out of Three being Released this year in different formats…

    “Perhaps” (New Single) was Released on August 18th for Digital N’ Streaming platforms.

    “The General” (New Single) is being Released as a B-Side (R-Side) for the Perhaps 7″ Vinyl Single that will be available October 27th Exclusively at Guns N’ Roses Official Merchandise Online Stores like (gnrmerch, uk.gnrmerch or other GN’R Official Merch sites where available)

    “Atlas Shrugged” (New Single) is being tentatively slated as well for Release this November which is also the Strong rumor that has been circulating among the Gunners Fans that is a great possibility!

    “Now, If that does happen, and that is a big…If… That Officially will be the Three Songs/Tracks to be Released this year that Slash had spoken about earlier”.

    So, again the “New Album of New Material/Content” will be coming out in 2024 which unfortunately will not be coming this year… But, if an “Album” does indeed end up coming out this year, then it’ll be an Album comprised of all the Released One-Off Singles from the “Chinese Democracy Era” that Slash also spoke about a few years ago. Just for example, those One-Off Singles known are Tracks such as…
    “ABSUЯD” N’ “Hard Skool” which both were Released during 2021. Slash said “The Band” were gonna be Releasing Singles one by one until there was/were enough Tracks/Songs to fill an Album consisting of the left-over “Chinese Democracy” Tracks with Newly Re-recorded Guitar & Bass Tracks by Slash N’ Duff McKagan.

    All in all… “Guns N’ Roses” are a Mystery wrapped up inside of an Enigma and placed into a puzzle box…. so basically put…

    “You have to expect the unexpected with GN’R because you’ll never know what they’re gonna do next!”