fans must wait even longer
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’.