Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has confirmed the band are planning to hit the studio in 2019 and will 'hopefully get an album out soon.'
In a fresh interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fortus revealed Guns N’ Roses will reconvene in the studio once Slash has wrapped up his current touring commitments with Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.
Asked about Guns N’ Roses’ plans, Fortus said: "Slash is on tour right now. Once he gets back from that, we're gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we'll get back to touring."
Echoing these comments, back in December Fortus said that Guns N’ Roses’ new album could be coming "faster than you think."
“We’re going to try and do another record and get it out soon. The band’s so great right now,” Fortus told KSHE.95.
“I think it will happen faster than you think. I sure hope it happens faster than you think.”
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Confirming a single “could definitely” be released in 2019, Fortus was then asked if Guns N’ Roses have already started laying down new material.
He responded: “Maybe. There might be stuff started. We’re hoping to get one out very soon.”
Speaking in issue 10 of Planet Rock magazine last autumn, Slash said the rock legends are keen to make an album but they haven’t had the opportunity to record it yet.
He told us: “I think in everybody’s heart of hearts we want to do a record, but we’ve been working so hard on the road that we haven’t really had the chance to sit down and focus on new material or anything like that.”
Guns N’ Roses’ sixth studio album ‘Chinese Democracy’ was released more than a decade ago in November 2008. The last record to feature Slash and Duff McKagan was 1993 covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?".
At the time of writing, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ final UK show of 2019 is on 13th August at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. They play four sold out UK shows this month before returning for Download Festival in June.