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whatever happened to the "4 different album covers idea for Chinese Democracy?

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Record company apparently didn’t have Axls back on this. He really wanted it, both other booklets were 99% ready. 

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Did Axl fight the label on this?  Is this one of the reasons he did no promotion and didnt tour right away?

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I remember perhaps two weeks before release, one of the online cd retailers had three separate options to buy. The pictures were not up though. 

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8 hours ago, Tyler Drama said:

There were three. The bike, the red hand, and the grenade.

Technically there were 4, and 2 were released, if you count the box set:

 

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22 minutes ago, Tom2112 said:

I'm surprised this wasn't the main cover, the bike is fine but I really love this image. Would love to find a t-shirt of this cover.

 

Yeah, and the Grenade looks great too(and better than bike cover)

 

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2 minutes ago, Guitto said:

 

Yeah, and the Grenade looks great too(and better than bike cover)

 

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I got that wallet in 2010 in Moncton nb

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Pre-orders went up for Cover A, Cover B and Cover C but there were no pictures. It sounds like that's what Axl wanted but the record company didn't. Which makes sense, at that point they just wanted to get it out and every with. Weird it'd make it to pre-orders if that was the case though.

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1 hour ago, SlashisGOD said:

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Always kinda wanted this to be the cover

I guess they used the image for the 2001 promotion because it looked cool esthetically, but it's actually a Japanese kamikaze pilot.

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The bike cover which was used was taken by someone during the illusion tour I think and axl always said it would be the next album cover since the late 90's I read day back..

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6 hours ago, craiggunslover said:

The bike cover which was used was taken by someone during the illusion tour I think and axl always said it would be the next album cover since the late 90's I read day back..

Can't say I understand why. It's the blandest of all the designs, and yet the one virtually everyone who didn't shell out big bucks ended up with.

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On 15/01/2018 at 3:51 AM, craiggunslover said:

Anyone remember talk about this right up till about a week before the album was released but it never happened Why?

thing is axl and his art directors (stephen relda, michael nagakcam and jeff lebbasi) used the same technique he used for the songs in the album

they blended the covers

yep, they blended all the 9 covers -- believe it or not, but there were actually 9 covers, not 4! -- and they are all in there if you look real hard at them -- or if you read the spoilers below

GNRchinesedemocracy.jpg

SPOILERS ALERT

most of the covers (#2, #3, #5, #6 and #8) are mingled with the ground and the wall.

the easiest to notice is cover #5 (the red hand with the little creatures) which can be spotted quite easily on the upper left corner right below the word "guns"

cover #4 is right by its side at the upper top left corner hidden by the inverted-mirror technique -- in which you invert the image and then invert it again and it disappears

covers #7 and #9 are inside the basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

:rofl-lol:

 

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On 16/01/2018 at 5:37 PM, ludurigan said:

thing is axl and his art directors (stephen relda, michael nagakcam and jeff lebbasi) used the same technique he used for the songs in the album

they blended the covers

yep, they blended all the 9 covers -- believe it or not, but there were actually 9 covers, not 4! -- and they are all in there if you look real hard at them -- or if you read the spoilers below

GNRchinesedemocracy.jpg

SPOILERS ALERT

most of the covers (#2, #3, #5, #6 and #8) are mingled with the ground and the wall.

the easiest to notice is cover #5 (the red hand with the little creatures) which can be spotted quite easily on the upper left corner right below the word "guns"

cover #4 is right by its side at the upper top left corner hidden by the inverted-mirror technique -- in which you invert the image and then invert it again and it disappears

covers #7 and #9 are inside the basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

:rofl-lol:

 

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On 1/16/2018 at 5:37 PM, ludurigan said:

thing is axl and his art directors (stephen relda, michael nagakcam and jeff lebbasi) used the same technique he used for the songs in the album

they blended the covers

yep, they blended all the 9 covers -- believe it or not, but there were actually 9 covers, not 4! -- and they are all in there if you look real hard at them -- or if you read the spoilers below

GNRchinesedemocracy.jpg

SPOILERS ALERT

most of the covers (#2, #3, #5, #6 and #8) are mingled with the ground and the wall.

the easiest to notice is cover #5 (the red hand with the little creatures) which can be spotted quite easily on the upper left corner right below the word "guns"

cover #4 is right by its side at the upper top left corner hidden by the inverted-mirror technique -- in which you invert the image and then invert it again and it disappears

covers #7 and #9 are inside the basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

:rofl-lol:

 

Yup, already knew that 

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I'd love to have a Red Hand CD/booklet some day, the booklet art is great. I like the Grenade cover (used to have a T-shirt of that lying around somewhere), but the interior artwork is terrible.

Shame these didn't get vinyl releases so the artwork would be large format; would also prefer they didn't have the writing on right on the cover.

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