After years of delay, Guns N' Roses is finally releasing "Chinese Democracy."
Geffen Records has announced that the band's eagerly awaited album will be released Nov. 23 at Best Buy stores and the retail chain's Web site.
"Chinese Democracy" is the first album of new Guns N' Roses material since 1991's "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II."
The band, fronted by Axl Rose, has sold 90 million albums and made a splash in the '80s with the hits "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City" and "Welcome to the Jungle."
Their 14-track album includes the song "If The World," which is part of the soundtrack to the recent film "Body of Lies." The band recently completed a world tour.
Yes, that's right, it's been seventeen years since the band released a new album. As I said to my co-bloggers in an email "Honestly, I don't even know what to make of this. I mean, how are you supposed to deal with experiencing instant nostalgia listening to an album for the first time? It's like...'Yeah man, these last seventeen years of waiting have been the best of my life!'" Seventeen years! Let's put that in perspective: in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the Gulf War was waged, the Bosnian War broke out and Paul Reubens was caught committing acts of public indecency. I once opined to my co-bloggers that always getting ready to release Chinese Democracy had become Axl Rose's raison d etre, and that he could never actually release it because nobody who isn't a Guns n' Roses fan will care (and that's most people at this point) and the hype will be far more than the album could ever live up to among anybody who still is a Guns n' Roses fan at this point. But I guess I was wrong.
But so was Dr. Pepper, and they're willing to give you a free drink for it!