GN'R: No Album Until 2001!
Guns N' Roses' new album "The Chinese Democracy" may not surface until summer 2001. This news means that the album will have been in development for five years if and when it finally emerges. Having enlisted the likes of ex-Queen legend Brian May and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to contribute material, leader Axl Rose has now enlisted two other guitarist to help finish the album and perform on the band's planned world tour in summer 2001.
Robin Finck has now returned to the GN'R camp, having jumped repeatedly between Axl's camp and Nine Inch Nails. Speaking to Kerrang! last December, when he was back in NIN, Finck said: "I was excited about the material - the band sounded good. But we'd get a song done to an extent and wait for Axl to write a lyric and/or song. I couldn''t work on songs with titles like 'Instrumental 34' anymore."
In a rare interview, Rose himself said of Finck's departure: "It's turned out to be a good thing. We've been able to push some of the guitar parts a step further."
Buckethead, the eccentric maverick who quite literally plays with a KFC takeaway bucket on his head, also signed up. Whether the bucket will remain in place for the world tour remains to be seen. While GN'R were recently announced to appear at the third Rock In Rio even in January, a spokesperson for their management notes that this has yet to be officially confirmed.
Various vague descriptions of album's sound have been bandied around. Rose himself has labeled it "a true melting pot", because of it's elements of blues, hip-hop and "stright-ahead rock".
With Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker now on board, the album may have taken another swing in direction. Rose's former bandmate Slash, who left the band in 1996 when work on the album first begun, told Kerrang! that even he has no idea what "The Chinese Democracy" will sound like. "I'm really looking forward to hearing what Axl has come up with," he says. "The first batch of material I heard definitely had an industrial thing about it, but the direction could well have taken another swing since then. Axl could go anywhere with this album."
While rumors circulated earlier this year that Rose was planning to reassemble the original GN'R line-up, Slash confirms that this is untrue. "There have always been rumors connected with Guns. I can tell you that there was no talk about the original line-up getting back together. It's good that we broke up when we did because fans would have been disappointed by what they saw if we'd carried on."
Slash has announced a handful of UK dates by his band Slash's Snakepit, in support of their recently released "Ain't Life Grand" album. His band will play Sheffield Corporation December 3, London Camden Underworld 4 & 5. A new single, "Been There Lately", will be released on December 4 through Koch.