It's the first song Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have written together in 30 years.
Guns N’ Roses have just released a new single, Perhaps, which has been teased for the last week after phone footage of the band’s recent soundcheck (featuring the song) surfaced on YouTube.
Now, the song is officially out there and marks the first song that vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have written and recorded together in 30 years.
Led by a piano and Rose’s signature wailing vocal, he stretches himself to the upper ranges of his vocal range for an epic tune that resembles the vibe of Chinese Democracy’s This I Love and the Use Your Illusion II classic, Estranged. You can listen to the track below.
As an Audacy press release notes – Audacy Rocks stations played the song all day on the 17th of August – Perhaps was “written and recorded by Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan this year”. In addition to that statement, the press release states that the single is the “first collective new composition and recording together in thirty years since 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident?”
Consequence Of Sound reports that Perhaps leaked last weekend (13 August) via TouchTunes jukeboxes in the US and other countries.
Guns N’ Roses are currently touring across the US. One of their special guests, country music superstar Carrie Underwood, has been winning over crowds at their concerts by adjusting her setlists to make them more rock, even covering the Motörhead classic, Ace Of Spades.
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Like the original, her band kept Ace Of Spades bass-heavy as Underwood snarled and growled through the song in a way that would have made Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister proud.
In late June, Guns N’ Roses addressed critics who were less than impressed with the band’s Glastonbury headlining set on Saturday, 25 June, and aimed at the BBC, who they blamed for sound issues on the live television stream of their performance.
“Axl was in top form last night. We have dug deep into the matter, and it appears the broadcast had issues being played on certain TVs like UHDs,” the spokesperson said.
“This was an unfortunate issue that the mix played through these TVs sounded so poorly; however, it was not the band’s fault but the BBC’s.”