Guns N’Roses ex­cited for al­bum

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Guns N’Roses are “ex­cited” about their new al­bum. The ‘Wel­come to the Jun­gle’ hit­mak­ers have been ru­mored to be work­ing on a fol­low-up to 2008’s ‘Chi­nese Democ­racy’ and gui­tarist Richard For­tus says the group - which also cur­rently com­prises Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKa­gen - are in the best place they’ve been in since he joined in 2002. He told the St Louis Dis­patch about the record: “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.” Be­fore join­ing Guns N’Roses, the 50-year-old mu­si­cian had worked with the likes of Ri­hanna, Thin Lizzy, and The Psy­chadelic Furs and was on tour with En­rique Igle­sias when he got a call from his friend, the group’s then-bassist Tommy Stin­son, about the pos­si­bil­ity of land­ing his “dream” job. He re­called: “En­rique was huge, and it was great. “We were do­ing three nights at Al­bert Hall in Lon­don. He was at the peak of his game, and the band was killer, but I didn’t want to con­tinue tour­ing with En­rique. “There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween pop mu­sic and play­ing in a rock band... I was ea­ger to get into a rock band again. “I was ex­cited - I was al­ways down to do any­thing with Tommy. And they were like a dream band. They flew me to LA and had a car wait­ing to take me to the au­di­tion. I hung out with Axl (Rose), talk­ing and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, then flew to Ire­land to pick up the rest of the (Igle­sias) tour.”

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