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Guns N' Roses release new single ABSUЯD

Guns N' Roses have released a new studio recording, ABSUЯD. The release comes days after they performed the song - originally a Chinese Democracy outtake called Silkworms - at their show at Boston's Fenway Park, the second date of their We're F'N Back! tour. The band also performed ABSUЯD at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, last night. 

Silkworms was originally written during the sessions for Chinese Democracy by keyboardists Chris Pitman and Dizzy Reed. The song was first performed by the band two decades ago during a New Year show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and reprised a couple of weeks later at the Rock In Rio festival. 

It's also been recorded as a demo previously by the band, with the Guns N' Roses fan wiki listing several versions including the "2006 Bumblefoot Version" the "2000 Demo Version", the "2010 Evader's Version" and the "2013 Catcher In The Rye Version."

The latest version is produced by Axl Rose, while other credits include Caram Costanzo (producer, studio personnel, mixer) - who worked with the band on Chinese Democracy - Brain Mantia (associated performer, drums), while the composer/lyricist is listed as Guns N' Roses.   

The revived ABSUЯD removes many of the industrial elements that featured in the original, with a churning Slash riff and a furious vocal from Axl Rose suggesting that the Guns N' Roses of 2021 probably have more in common with the original line-up than the one that produced Chinese Democracy.

Ladies and gentlemen, it would appear that Guns N' Roses are back.  

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 35 years in music industry, online for 22. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović. Likes cats.