Even though 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” wasn’t the most well-received GUNS N’ ROSES album, fans were still grateful to finally hear something new from the group after 15 years. But if anyone is hoping to hear a new record from the current version of the band anytime soon, they shouldn’t hold their breath. During a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal addressed that question, saying, “There’s a lot of stuff, it’s just a question of all of us organizing. We’re still doing shows, and I think once we clear our schedule and focus more on new music, it’ll happen. We just have little things on the back burner, just waiting for the right time for us to organize and make something new out of it. Hopefully we can make more music — that’s what it’s about.”
He added: [Fans] want new music, and we can do it. It’s not that we’re done. I’m not ready for that. We need to keep making music. We have a great band that’s ready to do it and can do it well.
“I would love to [release a brand new track every few months] with GUNS. I don’t think it’s in the cards, I don’t think it’s what everybody wants to do. But me personally, if we could put out a song every time we’re about to hit the road, that would be a great way to do it. It would add relevancy to each leg of the tour as well, having a fresh song that we’re playing on that leg.”
Keyboardist Dizzy Reed told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that a follow-up to “Chinese Democracy” didn’t look likely to happen soon. “We haven’t really talked a lot about that,” he said. “We recorded a lot of material back, you know, when we started working on ‘Chinese Democracy’, so there’s a quite a bit of unreleased stuff, I think, that would be really cool to be finished and put out. Everyone has great ideas and we’re always sort of bouncing stuff off each other and I think eventually something’s got to give, you know, and it’s gonna come out.”
As for Axl himself, the subject of a new album was just broached to him in an interview with Adelaide Now. When asked whether there would be new GUNS music in 2013, he replied, “I can give you a definite maybe.”
“Chinese Democracy” took 13 years and a reported $13 million to complete, and saw the exit of the entire original band as well as several succeeding lineups.