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.
Thank you Las Vegas/Joint! Love playing those f*cking songs! @gunsnroses .
- Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 1, 2014