Guitarist DJ Ashba has his fingers in some big pies. He tours with Nikki Sixx and his Sixx:A.M. band. But he is also in Axl Rose’s lovechild, Guns N’ Roses. For a while now, Sixx:A.M. has been his focus. But he says that could change very quickly.
According to Ashba, we could get hit with a new Guns N’ Roses album very soon. Or maybe even more than one.
“Axl, of course, has, I believe, two complete albums worth of songs already recorded and probably a s**tload of other stuff I’ve never heard,” he said in an interview with Guitar International.
Axl Rose has taken his time releasing anything since parting with the classic G N’ R lineup back in 1994. He took until 2008 to finally release Chinese Democracy. It’s been six years since then.
“Lack of songs is not our problem,” Ashba explained. “It’s just getting into the studio.
“A machine like Sixx:A.M. [with three members] isn’t nearly as hard to move as a machine like Guns N’ Roses with eight guys. It just takes a little more to turn the wheel.”
Ashba says the new material from Rose sounds like classic Guns N’ Roses. Oddly enough, that’s exactly what has been said about Slash’s latest album with vocalist Myles Kennedy aptly holding down the chair that Axl himself used to fill.
Maybe there will be some comparison about which lineup sounds like the real Guns N’ Roses. Either way, Ashba is stoked to get into the studio and get his guitar onto the new material.
“He’s played me quite a bit of stuff that’s phenomenal, and, hopefully, I can get my hands on it and put my little stamp on it, before all is said and done… [T]here’s been more and more talk about getting in there before the end of the year, which I’m really excited about.”