Axl Rose isn't just on the road -- he's working on a new GNR project, set for release sometime next year.

People in the know, or at least claiming they know, say the music is more of a return to 'Appetite for Destruction' and not as experimental as recent work.

But don't hold your breath. The last time we heard about a new project, it took a decade for 'Chinese Democracy' to be released.