Guns N' Roses featuring longtime Epi signature artist Slash have been cutting tracks in the studio with plans to release a new record in 2018 according to guitarist Richard Fortus. “Everyone is excited about it," Fortus told the St. Louis Dispatch. "There’s a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined – and it’s the most fun for me. There’s so much excitement around it.”

GN'R recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their classic LP, Appetite for Destruction, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for an invitation only show for SiriusXM. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will continue their Not In This Lifetime Tour July 27 in St. Louis which will go through October with recently added dates at Madison Square Garden in New York on October 11 and 15.

Read our classic interview with Slash on the occasion of his Ltd. Ed. Epiphone Rosso Corsa and his Slash "AFD" Les Paul Pack.

"It's been an interesting road from the mid 90s up until now," Slash told Epiphone. "I never stopped to think, 'What am I gonna to do in the long term?' Or ruminated on my solo career, where it was heading. I've just been jamming around, going wherever the muse has taken me. And this is the first time where I feel like I'm in the saddle and riding my own destiny with some genuine focus."