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A source close to the band has told Music Feeds that the current GNR lineup — that’s Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Melissa Reese and Dizzy Reed — have been busy writing new material together while on the road, and have plans to record a brand new album this year.
What’s more, despite recently wrapping up their huge Not In This Lifetime world tour, the partly-reunited original GNR lineup have now signalled on more than one occasion that they’re far from over.
Speaking with Music Feeds, Guns N’ Roses’ former manager Vicky Hamilton — who recently dropped her memoir Appetite For Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale — also says that she thinks a new album from the band’s reunited lineup is “likely”, although admits she’s not directly “in the know”.
“The guys are not allowed to speak with anyone from their past while on this tour and they are not doing any press,” she says.
This follows on from Axl’s comments in June last year when he said (in a very rare interview) that he’d been working on new Gunners material.
“We [Guns N’ Roses] are working on new stuff,” he said at the time. “I’ve got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Ong, the manager of Aussie Guns N’ Roses fan page ‘GUNS OVER OZ’, reckons his crew have also heard whispers about GNR cooking up some brand spankin’ new tunes while on the road.
“From our understanding, the band have been sharing ideas for a while now and even from last year’s touring,” he says.
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Original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is featured on John Mellencamp’s new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. “Grandview,” written by Mellencamp cohort Bobby Clark, is the album’s only real rocker and features Stradlin and former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch. It’s sung from the perspective a working-class middle-aged man whose biggest dream is outfitting himself with a trailer and getting out of town.
For Escovedo, whose first band The Nuns opened for the Sex Pistols at their final gig in 1977 and covered Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog” backed by a string quartet, the rise of punk rock was nothing less than life changing.
“Patti Smith, the Ramones, the New York Dolls: Those bands were really pivotal for me,” says Escovedo. “The first time I saw Patti Smith was at Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, with just [guitarist and writer] Lenny Kaye and Richard Sohl on piano, and Patti singing and reciting poetry. The only people in the audience were The Stooges and my group of friends. Lenny was so supportive...to meet him, and have him encouraging us to form bands and do it on our own was very, very inspirational.”