Recent reports suggest that Guns N’ Roses is expected to officially release the shelved “Chinese Democracy”-era song “Perhaps” on Friday, August 11. Videos have surfaced of rehearsals and earlier versions.
It has been noted that a link to pre-save the track on Spotify and Apple Music was shared via the Universal Music website, although there has been no official announcement from the band yet regarding the song’s imminent arrival.
Guns N’ Roses likely to release old song
Guns N’ Roses reportedly soundchecked “Perhaps” ahead of the band’s concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 5 but ended up not performing it at the gig. However, astute fans who stood outside the venue during soundcheck were quick to bust out their phones and record the rehearsal, with low-quality clips surfacing online immediately thereafter.
Des fans ont enquêté et ont fini par trouver la réponse: "Perhaps", le nouveau single de Guns n' Roses que certains ont pu entendre lors de soundcheck sur la tournée en Europe sortirait enfin vendredi prochain le 11/08/2023! Lien pour pre-save: https://t.co/THBPh1EY4Q #GunsNRoses pic.twitter.com/F5ZRyBncNh
— Guns N' Roses France (@gnrfrance) August 5, 2023
Similar to Guns N’ Roses’ 2021 single “Hard Skool”, “Perhaps” was originally written and recorded during the sessions for “Chinese Democracy”, and a rough demo version of the song had previously been leaked and uploaded to YouTube.
Last month, Guns N’ Roses’ longtime production manager Tom Mayhue confirmed that a new single from the band was coming soon.
Mayhue discussed the Axl Rose-fronted outfit’s future plans while speaking to the media ahead of Guns N’ Roses’ July 13 concert in Paris, France. Noting that GN’R will finish the North American leg of its tour in mid-October, he added: “And I know that the band’s gonna start working on new music. They’ve got a bunch of stuff recorded already. So there will be new Guns N’ Roses music very soon. In fact, I think they’re trying to get a single out any day now, so you may hear something very, very soon.”
Regarding what the new Guns N’ Roses material sounds like, Mayhue said: “It sounds great. It’s a lot more kind of ‘Appetite [For Destruction]’-orientated. They had a lot of songs. When the band went in originally and recorded ‘Appetite For Destruction’, I think they recorded, like, 29 songs. So there’s a bunch of other music that was left over that didn’t make the first record. I think there’s only 11 songs on the first record.”
This past June, Oslo’s Urban Sound Studios shared a new photo of Rose and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, apparently taken the day after the band’s performance at the Tons Of Rock festival in Norway’s capital city. The picture was posted on the Urban Sound Studios Instagram account along with the following message: “We got to hang out with these 2 rock legends in the studio today. Really cool guys! (The two in the middle…). The band wanted a nice studio with a variety of speakers and headphones to listen to new mixes before they head for Glastonbury. It sounds awesome!”