to Blabbermouth.net, Geffen Records has announced that November
29, 2005 will be the release date for Chinese Democracy.
Simple. Chinese Democracy is the first studio album by rock legends
Guns N' Roses in more than a decade. It's actually been twelve years
since GNR's last studio effort, the all-covers album, "The Spaghetti
Incident?" and it's been fourteen years since "Use Your
Illusion I & II", the last album(s) that contained ANY original
material. Ironically, Use Your Illusion II contained the song "14
Years" complete with the lyrics:
"It's been 14 years of silence, it's been 14 years of pain, it's
been 14 years that are gone forever and I'll never have again."
There's one thing you should know . . .
Chinese Democracy, the new Guns N' Roses album, features only one
original member of Guns N' Roses along with the guy that played keyboards
on their last three albums.
Yeah. Guns N' Roses as it stands now is made up of singer/best front
man in the history of rock n roll (actually he's officially tied with
Jagger) W. Axl Rose, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and four to six other
guys that never had anything to do with the Guns N' Roses of legend.
I say four to six guys because Axl has hired and fired so many musicians
since the project began in 1995, including all of the remaining original
members. . At this point in time, nobody really knows who the hell
is in the band, or who plays what on the album.
original Guns N' Roses band
in any other case, I would think this scenario was pretty lame,
but there are three things going on here that change that.
who the hell is in the band?
par for the course with GNR. Only 50% of the band's
line up on the tour for Use Your Illusion I & II and in the
studio for the Spaghetti Incident? were actually in the group during
the Appetite For Destruction/GNR Lies era.
saw one of the most recent incarnations of Guns N' Roses at Madison
Square Garden three years ago. Although things fell apart
and the tour was literally cancelled the next day, the show at the
Garden was one of the best, if not THE best, concerts I've ever
attended, and I've seen something like 1,000 bands. Why was it so
Rose. The most enigmatic, dangerous, mad genius, riot-inciting,
rock & roll front man of all time. Yeah, he's probably just
crazy, but it's entirely possible that it really did take twelve
years and countless producers and musicians to get this thing right.
It just may turn out to be the greatest album of all time.
Well, it seems like the current and seemingly final line-up of the
retooled band looks something like this:
Vocals Axl Rose
Keyboards Dizzy Reed
Keyboards and "Sound Effects" Chris Pitman
Lead Guitar Robin Finck
Rhythm Guitar Richard Fortus
Bass Tommy Stinson
Drums Brian Mantia a.k.a. Brain
That line up, plus a second lead guitar player in the form of Buckethead,
was the one I saw at MSG in 2002. Buckethead quit the band last
year, but it seems like the rest of the line up is intact.
a good chance you recognize a few of those names. Robin Finck was
in Nine Inch Nails, Brain was in Primus and now plays in C2B3, Tommy
Stinson was in The Replacements, and Richard Fortus has played with
the Psychedelic Furs, Ben Folds Five, Gravity Kills, and has done
session work for get this N'Sync! Hey, if Slash can
play poppy crap with Michael Jackson, why can't the new Guns N'
Roses guitarist moonlight with Justin Timberlake?
on the album?
No one knows for sure. It seems likely that the song "Oh My
God" which is the only official release by GNR in the last
10 years (It was on a soundtrack in 1999) will make the cut. Even
though, three of the musicians on that track, Paul Tobias, Dave
Navarro, and Gary Sunshine are no longer with the band.
It's also probable that the few new songs the band were playing
on their ill-fated tour will be included. The most exciting of that
bunch is one called "Madagascar" which is an epic "November
Rain"-style song that really blew everyone away when they played
it live. Other songs that have actually been played on stage include
"Chinese Democracy," "The Blues," "Silkworms,"
and "Rhiad and the Bedouins," which was formally called
Also, New York Mets catcher, Mike Piazza allowed local DJ Eddie
Trunk to play a tape of a song called "I.R.S." on his
radio show in 2003. Trunk supposedly played the song two times before
getting a cease and desist order from Axl's attorneys. Piazza claimed
he got the tape in the mail from an anonymous fan.
Finally, there's a whole slew of potential titles that have popped
up in various publications over the years including Rolling Stone
and Spin. Some of those titles include: "Prostitute,"
"No Love Remains," "Suckerpunched," "Catcher
In The Rye," "Today Tomorrow Forever," "Strange
Disease," and "Twat."
it actually come out?
Again, no one knows for sure. The album has been rumored to be coming
out "this year" every year for the past five or six. But
even with the new tune on the End of Days soundtrack, and the (didn't
quite make it around the) World Tour, there has never been an official
release date announced. Now there is one. But anyone who remembers
waiting around a decade and a half ago for the Use Your Illusion
albums, as they repeatedly got pushed back regardless of announced
release dates, knows that nothing should be taken for granted. I
guess we'll just have to wait and see.
more info on what the original Guns N' Roses guys have been up to
since leaving the band, be sure to check out this month's installment
of Mike's Mix Tape.