There are signs of life coming from the juggernaut known as Guns N’ Roses. I shudder to write that. I shudder to write that because we have all been had by Axl Rose any number of times in the past decade. I shudder to write that because it is not like Axl was all that predictable or dependable during the glory days of the band. I shudder to write this because of my knowledge of the history of Al Barger’s Axl Rose’s Birthday piece for Blogcritics. Two years have passed (it was written for Rose’s42nd birthday) and it continues to receive a flood of comments. Two years and 400 comments later… my e-mail inbox might not ever recover.
The big GNR news of the day: Yahoo! News is reporting three studio-quality Guns N’ Roses tracks have been leaked online. The songs: “There Was a Time” (aka T.W.A.T.), “I.R.S.,” and “Better.” These tracks, one might cautiously assume, are part of the nine years in the making Chinese Democracy.
This on the heels of Rose confirming the band will perform at the Download 2006 festival at Donington in the U.K. after recently telling Rolling Stone magazine, “People will hear music this year.” That statement being an apparent referenced to the now legendary alleged follow up to the band’s Use Your Illusion I & II.
Former GNR guitarist Slash has told reporters the album is coming out in March despite not having spoken to Rose in 10 years.
If this story sounds familiar, it should. Axl and his replacement Gunners mounted and aborted a tour in 2002 again under the guise of a soon-to-be forthcoming Chinese Democracy. The tour imploded, Rose went back under the radar, and the album never surfaced.