Guns N’ Roses to work on new album during Vegas residency

For the three weeks that Guns N’ Roses is performing a nine-show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, the band will also be working on a new album.

The last album GN’R released was “Chinese Democracy” in 2008. DJ Ashba, the band’s lead guitarist since 2009, said the band already has more than enough material for what would be its seventh studio album.

DJ Ashba performs at Guns N' Roses first residency show, "Appetite for Democracy" at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in 2012. Source: Kabik/ Starlitepics

“Everybody in this band has songs put together and before I even joined the band, they had recorded about three albums worth of material,” Ashba said. “There’s a sh*t ton of songs already recorded.”

Ashba said Axl Rose, the band’s lead singer and only original member, has been playing the not-yet-released songs for him over the past few years.

“Collectively as a band, (we’ve) been sorting through and sifting through,” he said. “Having a lack of ideas is not a problem. We have an abundance of ideas and songs. Collectively putting together what we feel is going to be the next Guns N’ Roses record — that’s the challenge of it.”

Ashba has a home studio in Las Vegas, giving his band mates a place to work on the album while in town for the residency.

“This is going to be a great opportunity for this band, to finally be in one place for a solid month,” Ashba said. “I think our goal, obviously, is to get together and really sort through this stuff and start making sense of this next album.”

A release date for the album has not been set.

“I’ve never been in a hurry to make a bad record,” he said. “As a songwriter and producer, you just know when it’s right, and you know as a band.” have the full interview with DJ Ashba on April 29.

Guns N’ Roses: An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery! will rip through much of the band’s lengthy catalog and greatest hits on select nights May 21 – June 7 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Showtimes vary. Tickets start at $75.