Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus reported this week that the group was "working on stuff." "Hopefully very soon we're going to have new stuff out," he told an Associated Press reporter at the Revolver magazine Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. "Well, in the next year."
Another one of the band's guitarists, DJ Ashba, said that everyone in the group is a songwriter and that they have been recording ideas in their home studios and passing them to one another. They also were sharing song ideas with one another on their recent tour of South America.
In October 2012, Axl Rose said that the the group's next album "will come out sooner" than the 15 years the group took between "The Spaghetti Incident?" and Chinese Democracy. "I had to deal with so many other things that don't have to do with music but have to do with the industry," he said of the gap between records. "There's such a loss of time."
"We're going to be in Vegas all together, so hopefully during that time we're going to be able to get into the room and start laying down some more stuff," Fortus said, referring to the group's upcoming Sin City residency, which kicks off in late May.
Those shows will see the return of bassist Tommy Stinson, who had to miss the group's South American tour so he could tour with the Replacements. While he was away, founding Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan kept his seat warm, with the Golden Gods acting as his final fill-in gig.
The band performed at the event and Rose accepted the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, which actor Nicolas Cage presented to him. "There are infinite reasons to love Axl Rose," Cage said. "When I was prepping for my role in Ghost Rider, I took some cues from Axl's cobra-like onstage movement," an act he demonstrated. He then said he was giving the award to Rose with "great respect, awe and reverence."
"It cost me an awful lot to pay him to say all that stuff," Rose said, joking. He thanked the band, including all of its lineups, in his short acceptance speech.