Chinese Democracy: November 23, 2008. Apparently

In 1492 when Axl Rose was first granted permission by Spanish royalty to seek out a shorter trade route to India, he set out at an eager pace.

Instead of trade routes, however, he discovered the Americas. When his foot first set on the western world’s sandy shores he swore a solemn vow to one day release an album to honor that occasion. He gave a title – Chinese Democracy. A strange name for the album’s occasion, if you ask us.

But alas, he certainly has taken his time in fulfilling that oath. He has been busy though – what with all that ending slavery, covering all of WWII with a warm blanket of peace, and flying to the moon in a rocket-ship he built himself just for the self satisfaction of beating Neil Armstrong to it. Also he translated the bible back to the original Greek. He never took credit for the latter.

But apparently he’s cleared his schedule – because a Chinese Democracy release date has reportedly been set.

It wasn’t so long ago that Axl Rose‘s legal team sucked the marrow from the bones of some kid who posted most of Chinese Democracy online without anybody’s permission. Before that he told Rock Band 2 they could steal as many of his songs as they wanted. Before that he said concretely that he was a Mr. Pibb man, and definitely never intended to ever be anything else.

Most recently though, Rose said he’s finally ready to unleash his musical infant-opus on the global public. Well, technically he didn’t say that – but people close to him have. According to

“More than a decade after its conception, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” will finally see the light of day before year’s end, sources close to the situation confirm to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.”

Well that’s probably good news for several people. As for us, we’re more looking forward to the album he puts out after Chinese Democracy. We’ve heard working titles are: Don’t Be Afraid To Drink Chinese Milk Anymore, Hey kid – You Sucking on A Chinese Toy? Well By Gum Keep Doing It, Sorry Your Pets Died Eating Chinese-made Pet Food, But They’ve Got It Under Control Now, or some other title that’ll never ring true.

Somebody get that guy a Grammy shelf.


  1. shooty* says

    Strangely, I’m quite looking forward to it. Provided it’s like Use Your Illusion 2, without the fat, permed drummer.

    Seriously, what IS it with glam rock drummers? Steven Adler clearly didn’t fit the original dynamic of the group (white trainers??!?!? WTF??!?) and was a bit of a dopey sod. Matt Sorum looked like a fat AnnA Nicole Smith with a perm and a bandana. Oasis’ original drummer looked like Fred West. Vicki Foxx from Enuff Znuff had a girls name.

    Thank god for Matt Cameron, Jimmy Chamberlain, Travis Barker and Dave Grohl, sez I.

  2. shooty* says

    Oh, and Dizzy the keyboard player looked like a wonderstuff reject. And I bet that wasn’t his real name.

    Bottom line: Axl, Slash, Duff and (to a slightly lesser extent) Izzy were the good Guns N Roses. Sorum, Dizzy, buckethead et all paradoxically subtracted from the majesty of the band with each new addition.

    I always thought izzy looked like a slightly misplaced member of the Black Crowes, personally.