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Guns N’ Roses fires early-warning shot

By Christopher Blagg

Friday, February 24, 2006 - Updated: 12:29 PM EST

Nothing gets the music buzz machine humming like a few songs leaked before their official release.

After 13 years without an album, Guns N’ Roses grabbed the spotlight last weekend when several tracks from their long-awaited record “Chinese Democracy” were leaked on line.

Boston’s WAAF was one of the first radio stations to air the tunes, playing them for several days until lawyers for GN’R frontman Axl Rose called and asked the station to stop.

WAAF listeners were enthusiastic about the songs, according to Program Director Ron Valeri. “The intrigue around the material is massive, a lot of curiosity,” he said. “Everyone’s got an opinion, but I’d say overall (reaction) was favorable.”

The Herald heard three of the songs yesterday, and we can tell you they’re not Axl’s best. The new tunes lack the muscle and drive of classic GN’R, the melodies are forgettable and the new industrial/electronica accents sound forced, as if Rose is desperately trying to keep up with the kids.

GN’R has been working on “Chinese Democracy” for at least eight years - will it finally be released this year? Valeri thinks the band’s plans to tour Europe this summer - and the timing of the song leaks - are hints that it will.

“Many are theorizing that it was Axl who made this stuff available,” he said. “Frankly, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Put a feeler in the water, see how much attention you get from the media. I think he’s probably got to feel pretty good about this.”


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