Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed believes the band’s next album could be out “really soon.” “There’s a lot of material that’s already done and I think it’s in the process of being finished and eventually we’ll pick out which songs need to come out with which other songs,” Reed told VH1 Radio (via Blabbermouth). “So that’s in the works. Hopefully it will be out really soon.”
Reed previously told Rolling Stone that “if the new record is not done, then it’s close to being done.” The longtime keyboardist added that the band was in the process of going through “a shitload of songs,” almost two albums worth, to determine which tracks would features on the next Guns N’ Roses album.
Reed is the latest Guns N’ Roses member to hint that a follow-up to 2008’s Chinese Democracy is on the way. In June, Rose suggested that the band’s next LP, a sequel to their last album, was already finished. “We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out,” Rose said. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call the second half of Chinese. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That’s been done for a while, too.”
While the singer didn’t provide a timeline, guitarist DJ Ashba also confirmed that Rose was sitting on finished material, and that he’s actually heard the music. “Axl has two full albums that he has recorded. He has played me a bunch of songs off of that that are incredible! I can’t wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well,” Ashba said. Guitarist Richard Fortus also said in April 2014, “Hopefully very soon we’re going to have new stuff out. Well, in the next year.”
Besides Rose, Reed is the only other member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to stick around post-1997, so there is a little more weight when he says new music will arrive “really soon.” At the very least, Rose has promised that the next Guns N’ Roses album “will come out sooner” than the 15-year wait fans endured between 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident? and Chinese Democracy.