GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba told Nui Te Koha of Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M that the band’s frontman, Axl Rose, has three albums’ worth of new material written, most of which will never see the light of day.
“Axl has a lot of great songs up his sleeve,” Ashba said. “He probably has three albums worth of stuff recorded.
“The stuff I’ve heard… I’ve been up in his hotel room many nights and he just sits down at the piano and plays. I’m like, ‘This is amazing. People have to hear this song.’ And he’s like, ‘Ah, this is something I’m tinkering on.’
“He’s just a genius when it comes down to music and I just cannot wait to sit down with an acoustic guitar and just write. He’s just got this gift that’s very, very rare.”
In addition to Ashba and sole original member Axl Rose (vocals), the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES includes guitarists Ron Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.
Ashba joined GUNS N’ ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck.
As previously reported, “Chinese Democracy”, the 2008 album released by the current edition of GUNS N’ ROSES after a 15-year wait, can now be purchased at BestBuy.com for $1.99.
Best Buy was the exclusive U.S. retailer for “Chinese Democracy”, reportedly paying $14 million for 1.6 million copies. But the album was a major sales disappointment, moving less than 620,000 copies despite the curiosity and hype surrounding its release.