Since the mid-90s, calling any news surrounding Guns N’ Roses “definitive” has been a tricky proposition. Whether it was Axl Rose and Slash carrying on a decade-long argument about who was actually writing the band’s material post- Use Your Illusion I and II, or the insane Chinese Democracy saga which featured everyone from rumored early producer Moby (“Rose set about recording an electronica-influenced album” (!)) to Dave Navarro and even a man named Gary Sunshine, Rose’s personal guitar teacher, subterfuge and mis-information seemed to follow the band everywhere.
Chinese Democracy seemed to always be almost finished several times from 1999 to its release in 2008. Really, the Wikipedia entry for Chinese Democracy is a cautionary tale, a story of ego run amok, the noisome nature of capitalism and one of the more powerful rumor mills in the history of rock music all in one.
In recent years, however, the band has gotten its act together, literally. Slash and guitarist Duff McKagan migrated back to Gn’R last year, and the band has been able to keep up a touring schedule that included a headlining slot at Coachella in 2016.
Now, as the rock legends’ classic 1987 album Appetite for Destruction turns 30 this Friday (July 21), there are whispers that this pearl anniversary will include a special show or run of shows to commemorate the occasion.
Guns N’ Roses posters have been appearing in New York City near the Apollo Theater with the hashtag “Appetite30th.” In June, it was revealed that the band would play the Apollo on Thursday, July 20, and that the show will air exclusively on Sirius XM’s Howard 101 channel.
— Gih McKagan (@teles_gislene) July 19, 2017
While this mystery swirls around the band, guitarist Matt Fortus, who joined the band in 2002, offers some hope for Gn’R fans who hope this recent momentum will carry over to the recording and release of new material.
In an interview with NME last month, Fortus said, “It’s sort of too good not to happen at this point, that’s how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we’re all sort of counting on it, and we’re also planning on it.”