|Hard rockers' first new tune in six years, 'Oh My God,' to appear in commercial during MTV Video Music Awards.
Guns n' Roses' first studio track in six years, "Oh My God," will be featured in a commercial for the science-fiction movie "End of Days," according to a source close to the project.
The commercial for the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that's due in November will debut Thursday night (Sept. 9) during the MTV Video Music Awards, the source said. (SonicNet is part of MTV Interactive.)
The song is expected to appear on the soundtrack to the film and on an upcoming GNR album, which is as yet untitled and has no release date. The soundtrack, also due in November, will feature a new song from rap-rockers Limp Bizkit, too, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
The movie stars Schwarzenegger as an ex-cop who faces an evil spirit on the eve of the millennium, according to media reports.
GNR fans have been waiting more than six years for new material from the hibernating hard-rock band, whose last album was the punk-covers project The Spaghetti Incident? (1993).
GNR reportedly have come close to finishing a new CD with a lineup in which frontman W. Axl Rose is the sole holdover from the original group. A live album from the group's salad years is also reportedly in the works, although the group's spokesperson at Interscope Records, who requested anonymity, would not comment on either project.
Among those expected to appear on the upcoming studio album are former Vandals drummer Josh Freese, later-period Guns keyboardist Dizzy Reed, former Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson. Finck recently left GNR to return to the touring lineup of Nine Inch Nails.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1985, GNR's raw mix of pop melodies and metal licks exploded in 1987 with their breakthrough hit "Sweet Child o' Mine" and the hard rocking tale of urban decay "Welcome to the Jungle". The band's tattooed torsos, misogynist album covers and controversial lyrics heralded a return to aggressive, bruising hard-rock in a decade that had been dominated by such mainstream pop artists as Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Michael Jackson.
The band's multiplatinum debut, Appetite for Destruction (1987), was quickly followed by the EP G n' R Lies (1988), which featured four new acoustic songs alongside material recorded before Appetite.
GNR's most recent albums of all-new material were Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, released on the same day in 1991. They mixed hard-rock guitar tunes with lush, introspective orchestral ballads. By then, the band had fired drummer Steven Adler and replaced him with Cult drummer Matt Sorum, and added keyboardist Dizzy Reed. Soon after the Illusion releases, GNR parted ways with guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
With the rise of Nirvana and the grunge scene in the early '90s, GNR's legendary excesses fell out of favor.
The Spaghetti Incident?, featured covers of songs by such groups as the New York Dolls, T. Rex, the Dead Boys, UK Subs and the Misfits, followed by a long idle period. Guitarist Slash (born Saul Hudson) left the group in 1996.
- Gil Kaufman