As previously reported, Guns N’ Roses’ latest singles, “ABSUЯD” and “Hard Skool,” are both reworked versions of songs that were written during the “Chinese Democracy” sessions. Now, during a recent interview with Audacy Check In, the band’s guitarist Slash discussed their decision to focus on that material.
Slash said the following:
“As far as new GUNS is concerned, we haven’t even gotten to that point of really in earnest sitting down and writing. We’ve been doing a lot of material that’s been sort of sitting around for a while. So that will be a whole focused endeavor unto itself.”
He continued when asked about working on “ABSUЯD” and “Hard Skool”:
“They both have a lot of history. What happened was Axl [Rose] has all these songs that he recorded at some point along the way. And so Duff [McKagan] and I went in and re-did them, basically… Like, I wrote my own kind of parts to what else is going on, and [we] just sort of took the drums and re-did everything else.”
During Guns N’ Roses’ October 2 show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the band were joined onstage by Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH) for a performance of “Paradise City.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:
Slash (Guns N’ Roses) has donated an autographed top hat to an online auction for Kitten Rescue. You can bid on that HERE. Notably, the guitarist has also donated an Appetite Les Paul Special-II Electric Guitar Performance Pack as well. You can bid on that HERE.
During Guns N’ Roses’ September 26 show at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD, the band performed their latest single “Hard Skool” live for the first time. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:
Guns N’ Roses have announced the rescheduled dates for their Australian/New Zealand tour. The trek will now take place in fall 2022:
11/18 Perth, AUS – Optus Stadium
11/22 Brisbane, AUS – Suncorp Stadium
11/24 Gold Coast, AUS – Metricon Stadium
11/27 Sydney, AUS – Stadium Australia
11/29 Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Oval
12/03 Melbourne, AUS – Melbourne Cricket Ground
12/08 Wellington, NZ – Sky Stadium
12/10 Auckland, NZ – Eden Park
Guns N’ Roses have premiered a new song titled “Hard Skool.” The track was originally recorded during the “Chinese Democracy” sessions under the working title “Jackie Chan” and it can be streamed below. The single is currently available digitally and it can also be pre-ordered on 7″ vinyl along with “ABSUЯD” and on CD and cassette along with “ABSUЯD” and live versions of “Don’t Cry” and “You’re Crazy.” The physical copies will be released on February 25.
Guns N’ Roses have been forced to postpone their shows in Mexico due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:
“Gunners, due to government shut down of large gatherings and Covid restrictions, our October 2021 dates in Mexico will need to be rescheduled to next year. We are currently working on a routing and will update you all as soon as possible. Please keep hold of your tickets, they will be valid for the new dates in 2022.”
Axl Rose was dealing with an apparent case of food poisoning during Guns N’ Roses’ September 16 show in Chicago, IL. The frontman said the following about that on the band’s official Twitter account:
“A note to Chicago… I got to the show feeling great, but started getting sick pretty early on. It progressed to where I was throwing up & was light headed. Wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d fallen off the front of the stage. I’d b fine then not, fine again then not all night. Was pretty crazy but the crowd was great n’ I was in a great headspace n’ we had fun. Luckily the COVID test was negative. Def messed with my vocals in places. Just glad we got thru it n’ it didn’t mess with the show too bad. I’m a lot better now. Seems most likely to be food poisoning. Looking forward to Milwaukee!”
Guns N’ Roses have shared pro-shot footage of themselves performing “Paradise City” with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) during their September 4 set at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival. You can check that out below. As previously reported, the performance of that track was cut short due to a strict 10 p.m. curfew.
Guns N’ Roses are reportedly planning to release a new song titled “Hard Skool” in the near future. The rumor came from a fan, who said that frontman Axl Rose recently played the track for her. According to Blabbermouth, “Hard Skool” was originally recorded during the “Chinese Democracy” sessions under the working title “Jackie Chan.”