GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed has confirmed to Billboard.com that the band is "definitely taking some time off" following last month's completion of GN'R's second Las Vegas residency, "No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction", at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He added, "I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long."
Reed also shrugged off the recent rumor that GUNS N' ROSES frontman and sole original member Axl Rose is breaking up the band and considering retirement.
"You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it," Reed told Billboard.com. "At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. When I hear things like that, I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important, I'll be getting a phone call."
A RadarOnline.com report had suggested that GUNS N' ROSES would call it a day after finishing up its most recent Las Vegas residency, which ended on June 7.
In response to the report, Rose posted a message at the band's Facebook page which read, "I'm not going anywhere . . . GNR fans sure have a Radar for BS! Love you all!"
Meanwhile, another source claiming to be close to the Rose camp dismissed the report as "bullshit," adding that the members of the band had merely been notified that their calendars would be clear for the immediate future so that they could do other things.
The source for RadarOnline.com said, "Band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas. Axl is considering retiring and it's done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work."
Some of the current members of the GUNS lineup have spoken in the past year about recording a new album, but that is highly unlikely. The sole all-new GUNS N' ROSES album in 23 years, "Chinese Democracy", arrived in November 2008 to mixed reviews and disappointing sales.
GUNS N' ROSES released "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" on July 1 via Universal Music Enterprises. The show was filmed on November 21, 2012 during the "Appetite For Democracy" tour in celebration of twenty-five years of "Appetite For Destruction" and four years of "Chinese Democracy".