Rolling Stone noticed that USA Today's Edna Gundersen spoke with Rose, who is starting his Las Vegas residence with the rest of Guns N' Roses. (The shows are being called "Appetite for Democracy," by the way.) In the interview, Rose spoke about everything from his feelings about his old bandmates to why he decided not to show up for his band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Also, apparently the guy has his own zoo.) But some of the most interesting tidbits concerned post-Democracy music.
"All the guys are writing, and we recorded a lot of songs over the years," Rose said. "We'll figure out what we feel best about. Chinese was done in piecemeal with one person here and one there at different times. Appetite for Destruction was the only thing written with lyrics and melody fitting the guitar parts at the same time. After that, I got a barrage of guitar songs that I was supposed to put words to, and I don't know if that was the best thing for Guns. I do want to lean more toward lyrics and melody." Rose seemed confident that now that Guns N' Roses aren't working in that "piecemeal" fashion, the next album "will come out sooner."
Now, it's important to remember that he put no timeline on a new album. Rose is a man who's notorious for making people wait, whether it's on albums or for him to arrive on stage. So, many, many grains of salt should be taken with Rose's words about a new album. But for today, anyway, let's imagine what it might be like to get some more GNR music in, say, the next year.
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