Superstar frontmen Axl Rose and Slash have been marred by a turbulent relationship for decades.
But recently the band enjoyed a hugely successful reunion world tour — prompting the pair to finally put their differences aside and begin work on a new record.
The three-year Not In This Lifetime run of dates took years to come to fruition but has reportedly netted Guns N’ Roses more than £400million, so it’s little wonder they’ve got the taste for recording again.
And in a new US interview, guitarist Slash has revealed the long-awaited studio project is already well under way.
Speaking to American music guru Eddie Trunk this week, the rocker explained: “We’re working on new material, which is really exciting, and so that is primarily what the focus is. Everybody has been working on it when we are in town.
“At the end of the day, everybody wants to have a full album released.
“That has not changed all that much. But there’s a different way of putting stuff out initially nowadays.
“There has always been the single, but now you look at that preliminary release a little differently.
“All things considered, it’s like the Wild West out there — there is no formula for any of it. I haven’t seen any sort of routine that works. You can do one of a million things, but I think that we will ultimately release a full album.”
But Slash shot down recent reports they would provide the soundtrack for upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Terminator: Dark Fate.
The band’s debut Appetite For Destruction remains one of the best-selling rock records of all time, shifting more than 30million copies and spawning hits including Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City. They enjoyed hugely successful sequels, but later follow-ups failed to recreate the magic as hard living and infighting began to tear the band apart.
Their most recent album, Chinese Democracy, was released in 2008 — a decade late.
Here’s hoping their new music is worth the wait.
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Kim takes the P
KIM Kardashian may have just come up with the perfect item of clothing for women who love a night out on the lash – but the idea may need a bit of work.
Having just released her Skims clothing range, the reality star says she’s looking into putting “pee holes” into future outfits.
But after trying to use one herself at an awards do, she can vouch that they don’t always work.
Speaking on US telly, she said: “I just launched Skims and I’ve been debating if I need a pee hole in certain things.
“Under a dress to like, the Emmys or whatever, I would try to use the pee hole and then you pee all over yourself. It doesn’t work half the time anyway.”
Her novel approach to clothing is paying off though, as she and husband Kanye West have just splashed out £11.3million on a huge new home in Wyoming.
She told US TV host Jimmy Fallon: “We’ve had this dream of getting a ranch and just spending our summers there and getting away.
“We love Wyoming. It’s always been such an amazing place. I love LA, so I envision summers. I envision some weekends. But yeah, we love it.”
1975 HEAD THE Q FOR AWARDS
They’re both up for Best Track, Best Album and Best Act In The World Today with the American teen in the Best Solo Act category and the quartet in Best Live Performance.
Lewis Capaldi’s monster year thanks to his album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is being recognised with three nominations and Stormzy has the same. Others up for gongs at London’s Roundhouse on October 16 include Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey and Mercury Prize favourite Dave. With Liam there, none of them will be safe from a scathing rant.
Why hunk Craig is dumping iron
GONE are the days when Craig David would spend hours in the gym, as he has admitted his desire for the perfect body was “nonsense”.
In 2013 he paraded his impressive bodybuilder physique for all to see, but he is now noticeably slimmer and says it is because he wants to be able to enjoy a normal life.
In an exclusive interview, Craig said: “It’s different now. I’ve learned that it’s about being healthy and you can restrict yourself a little bit too much if you are going for a certain look.
“That’s the part that I see as nonsense, that I don’t buy into any more.
“Once I eased up on the reins a little bit, life was chill. It’s like, come on, enjoy life. It’s good.”
But the I Know You singer, whose 2020 Hold That Thought tour opens for ticket sales today, insists he has no regrets.
He continued: “I think it was important to have experienced doing the extreme. I was proud of all the results but it’s for someone whose profession is that.
“If you’re into the fitness game and that’s you’re thing, cool.
“But I’m a musician and I just like to make music and I also like to stay fit.
“That’s about as far as it needs to be. It makes life a lot easier.”
ELLA HENDERSON is back with her first new song in four years, putting out single Glorious from a four-track EP named after the tune. It comes after she signed to Rudimental’s label Major Toms Music, which Anne-Marie is also with.
It’s the Dua us
THREE months after I first revealed they were an item, Dua Lipa and boyfriend Anwar Hadid have been seen on their first official outing together.
The pair posed at the Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday evening to support Anwar’s sisters Gigi and Bella, who were on the catwalk.
Gigi later posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with the caption: “Love these two so much.”
Dua and Anwar have this week moved into their New York apartment, after they agreed to rent together in the Big Apple.
Now Dua has won Gigi’s approval, getting her back to London may prove to be a struggle.
RUGBY star James Haskell is renting out his house on Airbnb during the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off next month. His two-bed Northamptonshire retreat, which he shares with wife Chloe Madeley, is available for £200 a night.
AVA WANTS THE MAX
The singer-songwriter has been hard at work on the record, which she promises will be released in the coming months.
Ava, who released her song Torn in August, said: “The album is definitely done but we are planning on a date right now. I can tell you in the next few months – I can tell you it’s going to be winter.
“I write all the time. I’m writing on tour, I collaborate with a bunch of my songwriter friends over FaceTime and sometimes if I happen to be in the same city we have a session.”
‘Kiss like a fish’
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AFTER the emergence of unflattering shots of them snogging, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello wanted to put the rumours to rest – with a hilariously awful kiss.
Shawn said in an Instagram video: “We saw on Twitter you guys saying stuff about the way we’re kissing and how it looks weird, like we kiss like fish. We just want to show you how we really kiss.”
At least they can laugh at themselves.
DESPITE launching a stage school, Jacqueline Jossa doesn’t plan to send her own kids there. At an event for Sure deodorant, the mother of two said: “I would never push them. It wouldn’t work with my kids to pressure them.”
RIHANNA has apologised to her fans, known as the Navy, admitting she won’t be releasing a new album any time soon. With almost four years having passed since her eighth record Anti, she said: “Whatever I do is gonna be confident whether it’s the album, perfume, lingerie, make-up or fashion. Y’all gonna have to wait. Navy, I’m so sorry.”
CARA DELEVINGNE took to the catwalk at RI-RI’s Savage X Fenty fashion show on Tuesday to showcase the singer’s latest lingerie line, but you won’t catch the model wearing it any other time. Cara said: “The first pair of underwear I bought was really cheesy Disney underwear. But I don’t really like wearing underwear.”
SIX-piece London indie punk group Sports Team have just released new single Fishing, but singer Alex Rice says his angling trips can end in more than a big haul. He alarmed a group of fishermen in Belgium recently when he was caught skinny-dipping after the band played a festival. Seeing his tackle must have been a shock.
KYLIE MINOGUE was disappointed by her Glastonbury set, despite it being adored by fans. The Aussie singer, who performed in the Legends slot, said of the show in June: “I hadn’t done it as well as I wanted. I’ve always been hyper-critical. Was this supposed to be the pinnacle of my career? It’s not good enough. I’m better than that.”
Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses (1987)
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