fans must wait even longer

Townsville Bulletin - - Lettersextra -

wait­ing for the no­to­ri­ous decade-in-the-mak­ing Guns N’Roses album, Chi­nese Democ­racy, are go­ing to have to wait a lit­tle longer. Axl Rose now says it will hit stores on March 6.

Seven months ago, the 44-year-old rock recluse emerged from seclu­sion and claimed Chi­nese Democ­racy would be out be­fore the end of the year.

The Guns front­man af­firmed the 2006 re­lease plan dur­ing the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in late Au­gust, and his man­ager, Merck Mer­cu­ri­adis, in­di­cated the same to Rolling Stone in Oc­to­ber.

But dis­il­lu­sioned fans be­gan ques­tion­ing the prospects of a 2006 re­lease when the band’s North Amer­i­can tour, which kicked off in Oc­to­ber, rolled into De­cem­ber with no men­tion of the album.

A Har­ley-David­son com­mer­cial that used a track from the un­re­leased album was abruptly and in­ex­pli­ca­bly pulled. Mu­sic gu­rus be­gan won­der­ing if the 2006 date was a cash-grab aimed at sell­ing more con­cert tick­ets.

Last week, Rose is­sued a state­ment on his web­site apol­o­gis­ing for the de­lay.

‘‘To say the mak­ing of this album has been an un­bear­ably long and in­com­pre­hen­si­ble jour­ney would be an un­der­state­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘Over­com­ing the end­less and seem­ingly in­san­ity of the ob­sta­cles faced by all in­volved, not­with­stand­ing the emo­tional chal­lenges en­dured by ev­ery­one — the fans, the band, our road crew and busi­ness team — has at many times seemed like a bad dream in which one wakes up only to find they are still in the night­mare.’’

Rose went on to blame le­gal is­sues, ‘com­pli­ca­tions’with tour sched­ul­ing and album/video plans, and a ‘lack of re­spect’by the band’s man­age­ment.

He an­nounced that man­ager Mer­cu­ri­adis had been fired, and he can­celled four con­certs sched­uled for next month.

Mer­cu­ri­adis, who has cod­dled and mo­ti­vated Rose out of his decade-long, her­mit-like hia­tus, is­sued his own state­ment, blam­ing the missed dead­line on Rose’s creative juices dry­ing up. He said record­ing ses­sions had been booked in Lon­don, Los An­ge­les and New York dur­ing the tour, ‘but the muse did not show’.

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