He reports mainman Axl Rose already has a stack of material prepared for the follow-up to 2008′s Chinese Democracy – and all they need is to spend time together to focus on the work.
Ashba tells Rolling Stone: “He has tons of stuff recorded that he’s played for me and wants my input on.
“This is the first time we’re all going to be in the same place for a month solid. That will be our main focus – it has already been talked about. I think we’re going to get a lot done. It’s just a matter of sitting down and working together as a band, putting together what we feel is gonna be the best Guns record.
“Axl’s put together such a talented group of musicians, and there are so many songs that are already worked out. We’ve got a good jump on it, for sure – and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to dive even deeper into that.”
GnR have promised a “different experience” for those attending their Appetite for Democracy residency, which starts on October 31 and runs until November 24.
Ashba explains: “We’re playing three shows a week and our main goal is to make every show unique. We realise there are going to people flying from all over the world to maybe one, two, three shows. We so take into consideration there are local people that may show up to every single show. It’s so spontaneous live – we’ve never followed a set list.”
Before that the band will appear at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show, where they’ll perform a fully-acoustic set for the first time ever.
Ashba says: “A lot of acoustic shows in the past, I would still play on the Les Paul. But for this we’re going all acoustic – no electric anything. That’s how Neil envisioned the whole thing, so we’re going to stay true to that.
“We’re going to add a couple of songs the band’s never played. I know Axl is really excited to do it.”
Rose is scheduled to make a rare TV interview appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on the night of October 24.
-Classic Rock Magazine