GN'R Possibly Releasing Two New Albums, Duff Might Rejoin Band Full-Time, Axl Rose Explains

"We're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard," the frontman says.

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Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose shared a few quite exciting updates, saying that the band has two albums worth of unreleased material and even discussing the possibility of bassist Duff McKagan's full-time return to the fold.

First things first, Rose was asked by Revolver about the progress of the "Chinese Democracy" follow-up.

"We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out," he replied (via Blabbermouth). "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese.' That's already recorded."

Sharing details regarding the second half of the unreleased stuff, the singer added, "And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas [residency], we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard."

Shifting to Duff, Axl stated how things have gone "really well" so far, with the bassist skillfully adapting to both the old material and newer songs. "It's pretty funny because we'd go to talk about certain things from 'Use Your Illusion,' and there's things he doesn't remember, there's things I don't remember," Rose said.

"We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call 'old Guns' or the 'Appetite For Destruction' lineup or the 'Illusion' lineup. Because with this band, with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy's on," he continued.

"I don't have to tell the other guys what to do or anything, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so..."

Directly asked on whether McKagan will be a part of GN'R future, the vocalist responded, "It's possible. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There's people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!"

Further sparking up the idea of Duff's full-on return, the bassist has performed with the band during on of the Vegas shows. "Thank you Las Vegas/Joint! Love playing those f--king songs!" McKagan tweeted after the gig. Check out the footage below for a part of the vibe.

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Thank you Las Vegas/Joint! Love playing those f*cking songs! @gunsnroses .

- Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 1, 2014

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    I liked Chinese Democracy in all honesty and I'd like to hear an album by the current line up. As to Duff returning it would be cool but honestly I'd rather have Izzy's input even if it's just for the writing process
    Damn fat fingers. Meant to give you an upvote but accidentally gave you a downvote. I think that anyone who was somewhat familiar with the band and still didn't like Chinese Democracy most likely never gave it a fair listen. Too many people expected it to sound like Appetite For Destruction. I honestly think it sounds more in line with Use Your Illusion than those albums sounded like AFD.
    Each album has sounded different so I find it bizarre when people were expecting something akin to Appetite. Appetite For Destruction, GnR's Lies, Use Your Illusion I and II and the Spaghetti Incident all sound different. Of course Chinese Democracy was going to sound different even if they kept the original guys
    Remember how long it took Chinese Democracy to come out? I remember Guns n Roses were my favorite for a long time before it was released.
    I think Chinese Democracy, which was a very solid album was slammed simply because of the GNR tag. Also, the incredibly long wait made it impossible for anything to live up to the expectations. I'd be happy with a Chinese Part 2. As long as it's released sometime soon. It's already been like 4 or 5 years.
    There were a lot of factors involved in Chinese Democracy that made it hard to release. I mean, you had members coming and going on a consistent basis. It's really hard to sit and write with a band that is missing a member and stuff like that. Plus you had court cases between Axl and Slash and Duff (shockingly lol, I guess they have resolved it since then). Then I could also see Axl being a little depressed with all of the members leaving (and I mean all the way back since the Old Lineup split) then there's just procrastination. Still I mean, 2 albums worth of material before the release of Chinese Democracy isn't bad at all considering all of those circumstances. It was just recording it that was the issue (which with all that touring doesn't surprise me). I'm finally glad that we've heard it straight from Axl's mouth that their ready to record the new album because it means that they actually are now. I mean DJ, Richard and Bumblefoot have been saying for a while now that they have been doing it, but now it's officially confirmed.
    I agree completely (even if it's not released soon, although that would be cool since he said it's done). And it has been 5 and a half years. Chinese Democracy was released in November 2008.
    Is it just me or does seeing Duff up there with GnR make this version of the band more legit ? I dunno, but awesome to see him play those songs again !! And his book is really great too.
    Its a step in the right direction! Just needs Matt Sorum or 'Adler, Izzy, and that top hat wearin' mofo.
    If Duff rejoins GNR then that means Tommy Stinson is going to rejoin The Replacements full time. Which is to me better news than Duff coming back to GNR.
    Good news. Let's hope they won't take another 15 years, I'd like to hear what they've got!
    I haven't bought a Guns -N- Roses album since Appetite for Destruction, with that being said the brand is damaged thanks to the super ego complex of Axl Rose. Look back at all the bullshit the band & fans had to put up with from that guy being an *******, everything from walking off stage, to delayed albums. No thanks just stay dead.
    I don't think Duff would join permanently if the new album would be the 'second half of Chinese Democracy'. I dunno, i could be wrong...But yeah...I think Chinese Democracy was very poor, to say the least!
    I wish they would at least put out a couple of new song's in good faith ..I think putting 2 lps out would very cool and the return of Duff i think light's up an old spark in A.Rose that will be very good for the band But i have been hearing about this new album a new old album now 2 new albums for many year's and i hate getting built up for this when they lead you to believe that it's release is just right around the corner ....DAm it just make the album already