For a band with a well-documented longing for destruction, Guns N’ Roses are showing some impressive longevity in an industry that’s notorious for bands falling by the wayside. It’s now an incredible 33 years since the LA rock band dropped their iconic debut album, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
While actual recorded output has been slim in the past decade, their Not In This Lifetime world tour is still rolling on. Plus the band has also been featured in a selection of the best slot games available on the internet to further to boost their popularity among an entirely new demographic.
Despite this, meaningful questions remain about whether Guns N’ Roses are actually a fully-functioning rock band, or are they merely turning into caricatures of themselves?
Rumours About The Next Guns N’ Roses Album
Seeing as it took the band 25 years to record Chinese Democracy, Guns N’ Roses fans aren’t exactly holding their breath for fresh material. Going by the band’s current work ethic, you’ll probably have to wait until around 2033 to get a new batch of Guns N’ Roses songs.
Despite this, there are growing rumours that the band do have new songs already written, and it’s more of a question about how they are going to release any recorded output. The band’s latest guitarist Richard Fortus went on record as saying that they are likely to record new material this year, and they are already working out how to include some of these tracks into their live set.
However, Slash has been quick to dampen these rumours. The guitar icon blamed the changing nature of the music industry for the lack of newly released material, and Slash said that there is no definitive answer about when or even if a new Guns N’ Roses album on the horizon.
Big Plans For Touring
There is little doubt that Guns N’ Roses are enjoying themselves on the stage. The band’s Not In This Lifetime tour has been ongoing since 2016, and it has already entertained well over five million fans worldwide.
The band recently came to the London Stadium and Download Festival as part of this everlasting tour. But UK fans can expect further GN’R action this summer when they come to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the end of May.
Such moves have made the current tour one of the highest-grossing tours of all-time, and it’s clear that the band might be reluctant to give up on such a massive cash cow. That is especially true as their North American tour will now feature Smashing Pumpkins as a support band on six dates which goes to show how Guns N’Roses are growing in stature in some pretty surprising areas.
While GN’R were once one of the most hated bands in the rock scene, the fact that Billy Corgan would be willing to jump on board this tour says a lot about how things have changed. Plus with Axl famously filling in for Brian Johnson for a few AC/DC shows, it seems that there’s suddenly a lot of goodwill for the band.
A Heritage Act?
With the lack of new material, it seems that Guns N’ Roses are playing it perilously close to becoming something of a heritage band. For a group of artists who always seemed to be keen to fight against the establishment, this would be a sorry way for things to go.
But with millions of people eager to see GN’R play through their greatest hits sets, it’s not too hard to see why the band would take the easy way out. Chinese Democracy certainly failed to win new fans for the band, and it looks like there is little appetite for new material beyond the hardcore GN’R fanbase.
However, with even Ozzy Osbourne releasing a new album, there’s still the hope that Guns N’ Roses might surprise us with some fresh material. But when this truly materialises is anybody’s guess.