Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus said in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is looking forward to recording a new studio album with the current lineup of the band, which now features three of the original five members. Fortus explained, "Everyone is excited about it. There's a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it's the most fun for me. There's so much excitement around it."
- The last Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, featured just founding singer Axl Rose and a shifting cast of musicians. It came out in 2008 after taking 13 years to produce, and was considered a sales disappointment.
- Original guitarist Slash, who is now back in the band, told us a while back that he left in 1996 partially because Axl was taking so long to get a new album going: "Something with Axl was very insecure and it just kept the band from sort of functioning properly. Although he was wanting to do things, I never to this day really understand exactly what he was getting at, and because it took so long to ever get anything done, I always attribute it to some sort of fear factor."
- The current reunion tour, which also features founding bassist Duff McKagan, has grossed $230 million and counting since launching in April 2016.
- Fortus, who joined the band in 2001, said, "It's bigger than anything I've ever experienced. Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindf**k. It's hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it."
- There has been speculation over whether this version of Guns N' Roses will record new material at some point.