Axl Rose brought Guns N’ Roses back to the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night for the first time in 10 years, but the frontman indicated that the wait for a new album from the band will continue. Click here for the complete 2002 MTV VMA Winners List.
“You’ll see [the album], but I don’t know if ‘soon’ is the word,” Rose explained to MTV News immediately after unveiling the current GN’R lineup to an American television audience for the first time.
“It will come out, and we’ll do some more recording and start the American leg of the tour,” he promised.
Thursday night’s VMA performance marked GN’R’s first since 1992, when the band performed “November Rain” with Elton John. The band remained largely off the map in the decade that followed, shedding members and bringing in fresh blood. Axl and his current lineup – which includes drummer Brian “Brain” Mantia, former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and guitarists Buckethead and Robin Finck – have been working on an album, Chinese Democracy, for years.
“How do you make a whole bunch of guys into something that already was, and with this intensity of these players wanting to play this material?” Rose said of the delay.
So while Guns N’ Roses may be back on the airwaves, they may not be back in record stores any time soon.