Guns N' Roses' 2008 album Chinese Democracy famously took so long to record that it became more of a punchline than an album. However, the band's next album might be coming much sooner than we think. According to guitarist DJ Ashba, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has recorded enough songs to fill up two albums.
"Lack of songs is not our problem," Ashba said in an interview with Guitar International. "Axl, of course, has, I believe, two complete albums worth of songs already recorded and probably a s--tload of other stuff I've never heard. He's played me quite a bit of stuff that's phenomenal, and, hopefully, I can get my hands on it and put my little stamp on it, before all is said and done."
Though the style of these new songs isn't yet clear, Ashba revealed that the songs he's written for Guns N' Roses sound more like the band's classic late '80s era. "It's very much what I grew up on," he says, "what I loved about the band."
Ashba also compares the dynamics of Guns N' Roses to his other band Sixx: AM (with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx), and explains why it's so difficult to get Guns N' Roses together to record. "A machine like Sixx: A.M. isn't as nearly as hard to move as a machine like Guns N' Roses with eight guys," he says, "It just takes a little more to turn the wheel."
You can check out DJ Ashba's entire Guiter International interview right here.