Axl Rose and “Guns N’ Roses” are allegedly releasing their sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy on Sunday, November 23, 2008.
I say “allegedly” because this album has had so many release dates that I was fairly certain that China would have a fairly elected democratic government, before Chinese Democracy hit store shelves.
Seriously, this album was originally supposed to be released back in 1993! I am told that it is the single most expensive album ever recorded, with a reported price tag of $13 million back in 2005… who knows what the final cost was.
Regardless of whether you want to buy Chinese Democracy, you can still get your free Dr. Pepper since Axl will have successfully completed their “Dr. Pepper Challenge” by releasing this album in 2008 (If it actually happens. I won’t believe the album is out until it is in my hands).
I will be reviewing the album when it comes out, but I want to put down a few things first, before I listen to it.
First, I think Guns N’ Roses isn’t just about Axl Rose. It was Axl & Slash. It was the passionate yet bad-ass ballads of Axl, and Slash’s killer, heavy blues rock guitar.
Axl can try to replace Slash with heavy metal shredders like Buckethead, but Guns N’ Roses was never about highly technical “betchya can’t play this” instrumentals. They were about gritty, yet soulful rock.
I am going to do my best to listen to the album with an open mind. I might enjoy the metal shred-work that I am expecting to hear on many of the albums solos. Even if I like it as an album, it has a lot to live up to bearing the name “Guns N’ Roses.”
It will take a lot to convince me that this isn’t just an exercise in vanity for an aging rocker with a gigantic ego, no discipline, and a bottomless pit of money. Axl, I hope you know what you’re doing.