Niven: 'Slash and Duff have rehearsed Democracy and Madagascar'

Alan Niven says he couldn’t justify splashing out on a ticket for the reformed Guns N’ Roses tour but he admits he would readily accept an invitation to attend from the band.

Speaking exclusively to Eric Mackinnon of the New Rock Times, Niven, who is a former manager of the band, blasted the reported ticket prices which are north of $1,000.

He says: “I would not purchase a ticket myself - that’s a mortgage payment. Can't justify that. Its like paying $100 to smoke a cigar, or $1000 to eat salty fish eggs.

“It would, however, be churlish to turn down an invitation from the band.”

A number of rumours are circulating that the reformed trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have been in the studio, possibly collaborating on new music. But Niven believes they are rehearsing some of Rose’s more recent tracks.

“Word on the leakvine is that two Demo songs have been rehearsed, Democracy and Madagascar,” reveals Niven.

“As for how many times they will be performed by Slash and Duff is any body's guess ... the band were always 'spontaneous' back in the day - they innately understood the essential place of unpredictability in the spirit of rock n roll.

“For all I know they could all go home after the second Coachella show - or do a forty city tour of Brazil. Who knows?”