According to Slash, GUNS N’ ROSES have yet to begin working on new music after recently releasing two “reworked” songs.
Just last month, GUNS N’ ROSES dropped the new song “Hard Skool”, which followed the release of another new track a month previous called “Absurd”. Both tracks being the products of reworked G N’R songs from the “Chinese Democracy” era that were left off the 2008 album.
Slash, who is currently promoting the upcoming “4” album from his solo band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, discussed the status of new GUNS N’ ROSES material while recently speaking to Audacy.
“As far as new GUNS is concerned, we haven’t even gotten to that point of really in earnest sitting down and writing,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “We’ve been doing a lot of material that’s been sort of sitting around for a while. So that will be a whole focused endeavor unto itself.”
As for how “Hard Skool” and “Absurd” came about, Slash said: “They both have a lot of history. What happened was Axl [Rose, GUNS singer] has all these songs that he recorded at some point along the way. And so Duff [McKagan, GUNS bassist] and I went in and re-did them, basically… Like, I wrote my own kind of parts to what else is going on, and [we] just sort of took the drums and re-did everything else.”
“Hard Skool” is the title track of a new GUNS N’ ROSES four-song EP which will be released on February 25, 2022. The release is exclusive to the GUNS N’ ROSES official store and contains the two new songs (“Hard Skool” and “Absurd”) plus live versions of “Don’t Cry” and “You’re Crazy”.