Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus claims the band's future is ''up in the air''.

The 48-year-old musician - who joined the band in 2001 - has admitted he is unsure of their future having not had any discussions with fellow members Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Frank Ferrer, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal or DJ Ashba for some time.

He told ''The current state of GN'R is pretty up in the air. The last I heard they wanted to finish up the recordings that we have and put them out next year and start touring. But it has been a while since I've heard from anybody in that camp as far as management or Axl. So I really don't know.''

However, the news comes just a week after he teased fans could expect to hear new music from the rockers - who haven't released a studio album since 2008's 'Chinese Democracy' - in the near future.

He previously said: ''We're going to be doing stuff next year. We're not going to have anything out this year. Next year it should be out and we'll be touring.''

Meanwhile, DJ Ashba recently revealed their forthcoming record is their ''main focus'', ahead of another tour.

He explained: ''We were talking about doing another huge tour. Our main focus right now is putting together the next Guns record. We've got tons of material - it's just a matter of sitting down and sifting through all the pieces. It looks like we're going to be doing a lot more touring.''