Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Hints At New Album

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the band may unveil a new studio LP in the not-too-distant future. Fortus explained, “Slash is on tour (with his solo group) right now. Once he gets back from that, we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring.”

There has been speculation about a new album from the band ever since three-fifths of its original lineup reunited in 2016 for the recently completed “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Slash himself told Classic Rock magazine that singer Axl Rose had material already recorded, adding, “I think everybody thinks it’s a good idea, and everybody would like to do it.”

Slash, Axl and fellow founding member Duff McKagan were joined on the reunion trek by Fortus, who joined the latter-era Guns lineup in 2001, drummer Frank Ferrer, longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The tour is now one of the highest-grossing in music history.

The last Guns studio album, Chinese Democracy, came out in 2008 and featured only Axl from the classic lineup. Axl, Slash and Duff have not appeared on an LP together since 1993’s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”