Guns N’ Roses has just released a brand new song titled, Hard Skool (listen below), which was originally called Jackie Chan, and recorded during the Chinese Democracy era but was eventually left off the album.

Hard Skool is the second old/new Guns N’ Roses song to be released in less than two months. It follows the arrival of Absurd, a reworked version of a previously unreleased track called Silkworms, which came out on August 6th, and can be heard here.

Guns N’ Roses is currently out on the road, with special guest Wolfgang Van Halen’s band, Mammoth VH, remaining dates are as follows:

September 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
September 29 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
October 2 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live Arena
October 3 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live Arena

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  • Dana on

    Much improved from Absurd, which lived up to its title.

    • Medved on

      Agreed. This one was much more GN’R than the last song.

  • Doug R. on

    Eh, it’s ok, much better than “Absurd,” now that song really sucks! One of the worst songs I’ve ever heard, unfortunately.

    • Dana on

      I am confounded as to why they are repurposing old Chinese Democracy material that never made it on to the album, that is usually a tell. While there are exceptions to every rule, for the most part if a song has not made the cut, there is usually a reason why.

    • Doug R. on

      I agree, I think it’s a combination of laziness, and lack of creativity. There are some exceptions, like what Van Halen did with “ADKOT,” they recycled those songs perfectly (IMO) but GN’R? So far I’m not impressed at all.

    • Medved on

      Dana, Van Halen’s “A Different Kind of Truth” says hi.

    • Dana on

      Not that I am defending Van Halen, but at least Roth was part of actually writing those older songs.

      Slash, and McKagan, had zero input with any of the Chinese Democracy material, and if they happen to change a guitar chord here, or a lyric there, the fact remains, those songs are Axl’s baby.

  • tallbear on

    Yeah, it’s better, but that’s not saying much, as the other song was not good. Plus, putting out an old song and calling it new, because it didn’t make the cut for an album, is just lazy, considering the guys that made it, are not the ones playing on it now. The old bait and switch, GnR’s fans look at the new shiny toy not knowing, or caring, that it is an old toy refurbished.

  • Rattlehead on

    This song should be renamed “Hard Stool” cuz I think it’s s–t.

    • Dana on


  • robert davenport on

    Better than the absurd absurd, but a weak song wether or not it was for Chinese democracy- Dana I got the Rosemary’s baby reference~

    • Dana on


      I wasn’t making a Rosemary’s baby reference-LOL! I will change it, so there is no confusion.

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