Song is second new track since reuniting with some original members
Guns N Roses has released “Hard Skool,” its second new single since reuniting reuniting with original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan five years ago. The track, with the working title “Jackie Chan,” was originally recorded during the band’s 2008 Chinese Democracy album. It was written by Axl Rose and co-produced by Rose and Caram Costanzo, and available now via Geffen Records.
“Hard Skool” merch and music will be available for pre-order at gunsnroses.com. Music will be available on 7-inch vinyl, cassette and CD and includes “Absurb” along with two live tracks.
The song has yet to be performed live, but GNR have rehearsed the track during soundcheck sessions for its 2021 tour.
Last month, the band released “Absurd,” also an outtake from the Chinese Democracy sessions. The song dates to 2001 when it was first performed under the working title “Silkworms.”
The band is in the midst of their US summer tour following a slew of rescheduled dates and 14 additional new shows at stadiums and arenas. The trek wraps with two shows in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Live Arena on October 2nd & 3rd. Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH is making their touring debut on the Live Nation-produced trek.
Last week, GNR were forced to postpone three shows Mexican shows to 2022 due to COVID-19 government restrictions. The shows were scheduled for October 2021, but new dates will be announced when available.
In April, GNR postponed its 2021 European tour dates to 2022 with the addition of Gary Clark Jr as support. The band will now kick off the trek on June 4, 2022 with new dates in Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, and Italy. They’re also joining Metallica as a headliner at Hellfest in Clisson, France next June.