The first new Guns n' Roses song in ten years, "Oh My God," will be the featured track on the soundtrack to the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie End of Days. The song features former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, according to sources close to the guitarist.
A spokesperson for Interscope confirms that the Gn'R song, which presumably features singer Axl Rose backed by his new band -- bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Josh Freese and keyboardist Dizzy Reed -- will also be appearing on the soundtrack CD alongside artists including Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Creed, Everlast and Powerman 5000, among others. The movie hits theaters Nov. 24.
"It's absolutely classic Axl," says the film's music supervisor, G. Marq Roswell, of the Gn'R offering, "but it has a lot of new elements. It fits the movie really well."
The thriller stars Schwarzenegger as an action hero out to save New York City from the Devil. Ads for the movie featuring the new song will be airing during tonight's MTV Video Music Awards.
The track was recorded after the departure of former guitarist Robin Finck, who declined to renew his contract when it expired Aug. 1; now sources close to the band say that all of Finck's tracks recorded over the last two years will be stripped from the record. It's not clear what will be replacing them. The Navarro sources say that the guitarist was only brought in to play on the one song and that any extended involvement with Guns n' Roses is unlikely.
Rumors persist that Slash, the band's original guitarist, will return to the fold, but according to manager Tom Maher, "It's very unlikely."
"Both factions are deep into their own projects," says Maher. Slash is currently recording a second Slash's Snakepit solo album with producer Jack Douglas.
The popular rumor has been that Rose will be using a series of guest guitarists including Queen's Brian May. May's spokesperson has denied those reports, although more recently, May's fanclub reported that the guitarist was considering joining the band for dates in the U.K. next year.
Insiders say that the release of "Oh My God" is likely a stop gap measure to pacify long-suffering fans who are unlikely to see another studio album from Guns until next summer. It's also logical that the song will help offset the ongoing costs of the seemingly endless recording sessions. The new album, in one form or another, has been in production for six years.