Guns N' Roses' sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy, has become a joke of the music industry. Having been in production for the past 15 years (at an estimated cost of more than $13 million), and with many members of the band leaving (including iconic guitarist Slash), some think the album will never see the light of day. This past March, Dr. Pepper bet against it by announcing that they'll give a free can of Dr. Pepper to everyone in the US if the album is released this year!
Up until about a week and a half ago, I honestly couldn't have cared less. Don't get me wrong, I loved GnR back in the day! But as most modern-day takes on the classics go (Indy 4, anyone?), I figured Chinese Democracy would be nothing more than an unremarkable cash-grab.
Rock Band 2, a 4-player Guitar Hero-esque videogame, released on September 14. Being a fan of these kinds of games, I had it that day and invited my bandmates over for some rocking. It just so happens that "Shackler's Revenge", the first official release from Chinese Democracy, is in the game. As the song loaded, we weren't expecting much...
But the song is awesome, with a much different sound than the GnR of old! Definitely has piqued my interest in Chinese Democracy. Check out the video below of the song being played in Rock Band 2. What do you think of it???
So we know one song has actually been fully recorded and mixed down! That means the album will be released...my guess is not anytime soon. For Dr. Pepper-loving Americans everywhere, hopefully this guess proves to be incorrect.
In the meantime, check out all the classic Guns N' Roses albums available at EVPL libraries.
- EVPL Catalog: Check out the classic Guns N' Roses albums available at EVPL libraries.
- Billboard.com: Nine purportedly "finished" tracks leaked last June, prompting legal action against the poster.
- Spin.com: They somehow got a copy of the finished album over two years ago, posting this review on April 1, 2006.