New Guns N' Roses Album Nearly Complete

The band confirms it's nearly ready and are aiming for a 2014 release, if all goes to plan.

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The new Guns N' Roses record is nearly complete - and it's only been five years since "Chinese Democracy" was released.

If five years seems a long time, it's nothing compared to the wait for their last album which took 15 years to release after 1993's "The Spaghetti Inccident?."

The update on their new record came from guitarist Richard Fortus, who told Noise 11 that the band have been busy in the studio and that most songs have been completed. He says it won't be released this year, but fans can look forward to a 2014 release if all goes to plan.

There's no sign exactly how many songs have been completed, or how many tracks will appear on the album, but it's the best sign yet that the production process is finally coming to a close.

And considering that "Chinese Democracy" cost a reported $13 million to produce, the new album is probably coming in under budget too.

Meanwhile, Gn'R have been posting new US tour dates, and are preparing to release a 3D concert film of their Las Vegas residency from last year, featuring bombastic performances of 34 songs spanning their whole career.

Can you hold your excitement for a new Gn'R record? If not, spill it out in the comments.

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    I think this is a typo, they meant ready for a *2041* release.
    By that time Axl probably will be inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall of Shame
    Hey I'm looking forward to this. I don't care about the line-up they are a talented band and I think some of the song writing on Chinese Democracy was great my main issue was it sounded thrown together since it was recorded over such a long time and pieced together with so many stand in etc. This album should be tighter.
    I agree. The last one had some gold on there, but sounded a little scattered, with most tracks sounding like a different group of people, save for Axl's vocals. While variety is great, having a "band sound" is really important, too. By the looks of it, as you said, it seems more like a proper band than it has in a long time and I'm keen to see what they pump out. While I think there's some merit in the public opinion that it's "not really GNR", if they make good music, I can put up with whatever they call it.
    Agreed with all of this. I'm excited for the new album, and Chinese Democracy had some good stuff on it.
    just listened to CD 1-2 weeks ago after a long time. beside 2-3 tracks, this record is crap. and i really love G`n`R
    Glad to see more people who enjoyed the last album. Really looking forward to this
    What a pleasant surprise, I was beginning to doubt that we would ever get a follow up to Chinese Democracy
    I liked damn near every song on Chinese Democracy and can't really understand why a lot of people don't it. It's funny that many people say its about the music, but when it comes to GN'R you get 'It doesn't have Slash...'
    Chinese Democracy didn't work because they were 15 year old songs that had been through endless lineup changes and production disagreements. Since this new album will be written and released under a consistent lineup, maybe the songs will fit better within the band's chemistry. Just being hopeful here.
    Wow man, great point really. I never thought of that. There were a few songs on the record where it brought back some nostalgia, but it was disappointing to me but thats what happens when you let the pressure build for 15 years. The expectations were way too high. I truly think this record will be of higher quality, yet written in 1/3 the amount of time of Chinese Democracy.
    Rose N' Roses would be the more proper name to this band
    I think that always would have been name, considering Tracii Guns left during the band's early years of its existence
    I'll believe it when I see it...
    Same. I really can't see them putting out a new record anytime soon, but hey, maybe I'm just being negative. We will see...
    5 years later The album is almost done! 10 years later Okay seriously though its like completely done now. 15 years later The album is finally released. And it manages to be worse than Chinese Democracy.
    Newsflash in 2019: "The new Guns N' Roses record is nearly complete." Newsflash in 2022: "The new Guns N' Roses record is nearly complete." etc...
    it's not like anybody's gonna buy it anyway
    I went to Best Buy a few weeks after the last one was released. I counted 97 copies of it. Only Chickenfoot had more at 131.
    New Guns N' Roses album?? pff, it's a lie... it's a new Axl Rose album!!!
    They should not even tell these things just release it when you do and dont give promises you can not keep
    no i cant freaking wait neither i or my dad .. too ****ing pumped
    Next Week in UG News: "DJ Ashba: No current plans for a follow up to Chinese Democracy" its like a ****ing tennis orgy between the GNR members, passing news around and contradicting eachother. Believe it when you see it guys.
    Hope it will be better than Chinese Democracy. I don't like this "Axl n' friends" called GNR, but I'm surely interested to hear it.
    I'm not an Axl fan, but if this doesn't sound like Chinese Democracy I will give this a go, GnR is GnR.
    Except when it isn't at all, cause its only ONE member of the GnR that people think of when they think "GnR".... However, I'll give it a listen. Wasn't a fan of Chinese Democracy, but there were a couple tracks I liked. My issue with it wasn't necessarily the music, it was that it was music put out under the GnR moniker. For fans of the ACTUAL GnR, I think it was too hard to disassociate Chinese Democracy from the sound we expect when you think GnR record. I personally think that album would have caught WAY less of the harsh criticism had Axl called the group/project something other than GnR. Doesn't mean the album would be better, just means it may have been listened to and critiqued with a more open mind instead of hearing those industrial sounding tracks and immediately thinking "THIS is the new GnR?!?". I think the name association caused much harsher criticism than a new name would have brought. It was near impossible to live up to the hype of a "GnR" album 15 years in the making. And as a side note, how hilarious would it have been if The Offspring had named their new (at the time) album "Chinese Democracy; You Snooze, You Lose" like Dexter wanted to?
    That's not G&R. It's just Axl.That band died a long time ago.He's using the name 'cuz he got the copyright on it.
    CD minus three-four tracks per song, and ALL the weird speaker-shattering electronic intros is a solid album.
    It was a solid album, anyway. It just had its flaws. Personally, there were only about 2 songs (at the most) that I didn't like on it. I don't get to say that too often these days, and I really can't think of another rock album from the last ~10+ years that I would say that about. Sure, there were plenty of things I might have changed about it, but I'll gladly take it as it is.
    Obviously I'm skeptical, but I absolutely adored Chinese Democracy. It's probably better to keep an eye out on the GN'R Twitter page though, in case Richard Fortus is speaking out of his ass like Scott Weiland has been recently.
    I never understood why people thought this band was so great to begin with...I like rocking out to Welcome To The Jungle too but there are so many better bands.
    Shackler's Revenge was a sick tune on Chinese Democracy. I'll still give the new album a listen if it ever comes out
    Meh, I don't really care to be honest. I'll check it out once it's released, obviously, but I won't lose sleep over it or anything. Although I do think it'll be better than Chinese Democracy, I still don't think it'll be anything spectacular.
    My opinion has always been that the main force in the old lineup was Axl and Slash... Two icons, representing what rock n' roll is really about. Axl is the voice of Guns, and Slash was the bluesy dirty sound. I found Chinese to be a huge effort, tight and quite experimental. Small pointers of what Axl had in mind, and what possibly did that Slash left (including all the legal S***). But looking at ChiDem and comparing to whatever crap comes out today, the album in my eyes stands out as a testament to Axl's devotion and madness. We don't know anything about the true insigts, as the fight was quite bitter, but I have huge respect for Axl. He could just not care, but he did. Should a new album come out, I would pick it up, and listen to it. Expect Axl to explode, and listen to a group of gifted musicians, living their personal dreams.
    There were great songs on Chinese Democracy, and I'm intrigued by the new album, but I really wish Axl would stop with the delusion that the band he sings for is Guns N' Roses.
    Who cares? Sick of this joke of a band touring under the Guns N' Roses name.
    Still feel the same about NIN, QOSTA, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Smashing Pumpkins? All with only 1 original member or none....YOUR ARGUMENT IS FLAWED.
    I'll only would be interested in it if Buckethead plays on it, which he probably don't.
    Im tired. If they want to release it, just release it and i will buy it, those 8 members of gnr should keep their mouth shut about new album on progress, im tired to hear that. Just release it.