GUNS N' ROSES has issued a statement regarding the recent announcement that the group's guitarist Robin Finck was rejoining NINE INCH NAILS for NIN's upcoming world tour.
Finck toured with NINE INCH NAILS between 1994 and 1997 in support of "The Downward Spiral" and again between 2000 and 2001 behind "The Fragile". He played with GUNS N' ROSES on both that band's 2006 tour and the still-unreleased "Chinese Democracy" album.
Commenting on Finck's current status in GN'R, Axl Rose and company have posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Robin's plans caught everyone in GUNS, as well as our fans, a bit off guard.
"Really, Del James' [longtime Axl Rose associate] private e-mail that someone took upon themselves to post publicly is the best way for us to address things at this time: 'Only Robin knows what Robin's doing.'
"Neither we nor management, etc., know any more in this regard and we prefer not to speculate or offer opinions at this time.
"Robin's Robin. We're in negotiations for the release of 'Chinese Democracy' and things are going well.
"When we begin to put tour plans together, we'll see where things are. Until then, Robin's touring with NIN and we're working with management on our game plans.
"Our thanks to those who continue to show their support."
In addition to Finck and frontman Trent Reznor, the rest of NINE INCH NAILS' touring lineup includes new bassist Rich Fownes, plus returning keyboardist Alessandro Cortini and drummer Josh Freese.
The tour kicks off on July 25 in Pemberton, British Columbia at the inaugural Pemberton Festival, with dates confirmed so far through early September.
The band has also been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Lollapalooza festival, scheduled for August 1-3 in Chicago.
NINE INCH NAILS will be touring in support of "Ghosts I - IV", which Reznor made available on March 2 in a variety of digital and physical configurations, ranging from a free download of nine tracks to a $300 "ultra-deluxe" limited edition.