Slash has confirmed that GUNS N' ROSES will start work on new music in the fall.
The guitarist had previously said that there was talk of GUNS putting new ideas together, but he was reluctant to say that fans could definitely expect to hear fresh material from the reunited group.
Explaining why he had been ambiguous with his comments in the past, Slash told Meltdown of Detroit's 101 WRIF radio station (hear audio below): "The thing is, we haven't really done anything yet, and I don't like to say anything. You know how people used to promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point. But at this point, I do know that we are gonna do this run [of shows in the fall], and we've already started working on stuff. So, there you go."
Slash also said that he found it frustrating when a photo showing his guitar rig setup was circulated online, with Internet chatter suggesting he had been on the way to singer Axl Rose's house to begin recording new GN'R music.
"There was a rumor that I was over there, and it was before I had even been there," Slash said. "So, I was, like, 'Jesus Christ.' And that's just a pain in the ass and annoying.' But I am excited about what we've got going on and everything, so it's gonna be cool."
Slash, who recently returned to the road with his solo band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, previously told BelfastLive that he had "no idea" what a new GUNS album would sound like. "I really couldn't tell you," he said. "It's like anything else — you don't know what it is until it's done."
GUNS N' ROSES' aforementioned festival shows — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits and Exit 111 — will mark the band's first live appearances since ending its reunion tour in December 2018.
GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018.
"Not In This Lifetime" is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago.
Since the end of the tour last year, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both returned to solo endeavors.
The "Not In This Lifetime" tour featured classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
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