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Friend just called me from an airport in Cleveland, him and I have a bet on if Chinese Democracy will come out before May 1st or not. Apparently he has the new Spin magazine and Chuck Klosterman reviewed the album. He specifically mentioned song titles that were not ones that were played live or leaked, one song was entitled "Sunday Morning Strip Bar" or something like that and another was "Cowboy Song". It also mentioned Rhiad, CITR and Silkworms. There were specific references to the liner notes which credited Zakk Wylde as a guitarist on a few songs. Sorry I cant post a link Im stuck at work but if anyone has seen the new Spin or lives near a place that sells magazines go get it. If Im wrong I apologize.

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well thats interesting, anyone have a link??

All they have on Guns n' Roses on their website is an article that came out in their March issue, about the March 6th statement from Axl regarding Slash. SpinMagazine.com

They may not have it on their website yet, ;) but I will recheck it tomorrow. Who knows? ;)

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Friend just called me from an airport in Cleveland, him and I have a bet on if Chinese Democracy will come out before May 1st or not. Apparently he has the new Spin magazine and Chuck Klosterman reviewed the album. He specifically mentioned song titles that were not ones that were played live or leaked, one song was entitled "Sunday Morning Strip Bar" or something like that and another was "Cowboy Song". It also mentioned Rhiad, CITR and Silkworms. There were specific references to the liner notes which credited Zakk Wylde as a guitarist on a few songs. Sorry I cant post a link Im stuck at work but if anyone has seen the new Spin or lives near a place that sells magazines go get it. If Im wrong I apologize.

Of course... things in Cleveland are always a little ahead of the rest of the world. Sounds like BS to me, and I'm not buying Wylde on any of CD

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It's an April Fool's Day joke people! I read the fake review by Chuck Klosterman at the store today in the review section of SPIN. Gives a funny review, then #5 in the little known fact section says April Fool's. They also use that goofy axl pic with the tilted bandana & raider's jersey after the VMA's I think. It's a joke.

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Friend just called me from an airport in Cleveland, him and I have a bet on if Chinese Democracy will come out before May 1st or not. Apparently he has the new Spin magazine and Chuck Klosterman reviewed the album. He specifically mentioned song titles that were not ones that were played live or leaked, one song was entitled "Sunday Morning Strip Bar" or something like that and another was "Cowboy Song". It also mentioned Rhiad, CITR and Silkworms. There were specific references to the liner notes which credited Zakk Wylde as a guitarist on a few songs. Sorry I cant post a link Im stuck at work but if anyone has seen the new Spin or lives near a place that sells magazines go get it. If Im wrong I apologize.

Of course... things in Cleveland are always a little ahead of the rest of the world. Sounds like BS to me, and I'm not buying Wylde on any of CD

Why would you doubt Wylde on CD? I remember hearing that ages ago.

Aradia Rose

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It's an April Fool's Day joke people! I read the fake review by Chuck Klosterman at the store today in the review section of SPIN. Gives a funny review, then #5 in the little known fact section says April Fool's. They also use that goofy axl pic with the tilted bandana & raider's jersey after the VMA's I think. It's a joke.

Didn't see that one coming. :rolleyes:

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It's in the new SPIN magazine with the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's on the cover. There's an illustration of Axl on the review cover page & then the next page has a full length, somewhat funny, but FAKE review of CD written by Chuck Klosterman. #5 in the little known fact section says, in other words, April Fool's.

The fake review says things like there's a reggae cover of Thin Lizzy's 'Cowboy Song' & a song titled 'Slash & Burned' making fun of VR with lyrics like 'you have your singer with cocaine eyes & a skeletal trance/will RCA ever get back their advance', something like a 14 minute rap-rock song, a duet with Dave Pirner, a new version of 'Think About You'. Just a bunch of stuff like that.

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Friend just called me from an airport in Cleveland, him and I have a bet on if Chinese Democracy will come out before May 1st or not.
I think Merck just said it's not coming out in April...so you'll probally lose that bet...or win it, if you bet on it coming out after. Edited by MDC
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Sorry, my friend who called me wasnt a GNR fan so he wouldnt have known that half of that article didnt make any sense. Shoulda read it first, my mistake, but my hopes got the better of me. Day in the life of a GNR fan I suppose.

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http://www.spin.com/reviews/magazine/2006/...323_gunsnroses/

Guns N' Roses

Chinese Democracy

(Interscope)

By: Chuck Klosterman @ www.spin.com

March 27, 2006 / The endless wait is over.

It’s been a long time since Guns N’ Roses have released an album of new material. Everybody knows this, but it’s a fact that bears repeating. If you purchased a kitten on the day that Use Your Illusion I & II arrived in stores, it’s probably dead by now. As a consequence, there has been a great deal of pressure on Axl Rose to deliver a record that would validate a 15-year, $13 million wait. There is really only one way for Chinese Democracy to avoid utter and absolute failure: It needs to be the greatest rock album ever made.

Chinese Democracy is not the greatest rock album ever made.

Oh, it’s certainly awesome, but I don’t think it’s "15 years awesome." Had Axl released his album after a silence of, say, 11 years and two months (at a cost of, say, $11.5 million), Chinese Democracy would be an undeniable masterpiece, but considering the circumstances, some of this work seems shoddy. I get the impression most of the 13 songs were written between 1993 and 1999, and Rose merely spent six or seven years touching them up in the studio. One is forced to wonder if a track like "Madagascar" was only recorded 75 or 80 times, which calls Axl’s alleged "maniacal perfectionism" directly into question.

Does Chinese Democracy offer glimpses of the paranoid, misogynistic genius we once heard on the soundtrack of Interview With the Vampire? Absotively. "The Blues" might be Rose’s crowning career achievement: It’s an epic combination of mid-period Stevie Wonder, early Elton John, and side two of In Through the Out Door. This is the kind of gutter-glam boogie ballad that makes "November Rain" seem like a bucket of burro vomit warming in the afternoon sun. Chinese Democracy is simultaneously propulsive and ponderous, and there are some electrifying guitar arpeggios on both "Silk Worm" and "Thursday Morning Strip Club" (performed, I assume, by either Buckethead, Robin Finck, Zakk Wylde, Johnny Marr, or Brian May -- all five are listed in the liner notes). But this transcendence is sporadic at best: All too often, Rose’s sonic neurosis plunges into self-reflexive self-indulgence, most notably on the outdated 14-minute rap-rock anthem "Pound You (Good)" and an embarrassing "roots rock" duet with new buddy Dave Pirner titled "You’re Still Too Sweet Not to Be My Baby Anymore." Several songs make thinly veiled references to the architect who designed Rose’s backyard topiary garden, a move that may confuse casual listeners.

Obviously, the sexy albatross hanging around Rose’s wiry jugular is simple modernity: Could he create an album that would sound contemporary -- and competitive -- in today’s ever-evolving marketplace? As such, it is hard to understand why he elected to have Chinese Democracy coproduced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss) and Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand). Songs like "Catcher in the Rye" exhibit the sculpted sheen of Billy Joel’s Glass Houses, and the LP includes several tracks on which GNR bassist Tommy Stinson appears to be playing a note-for-note replication of the bass line from "Another Brick in the Wall." Skeptics might also bristle at the anger that still resides in Axl’s heart; his hairstyle and facial features have changed, but his inner intensity remains grizzly-esque. On the caustic rocker "Slash and Burned," Rose lashes out at his former bandmates now in Velvet Revolver with staggering specificity: "Your singer has cocaine eyes and a skeletonized trance / We’ll see if RCA recoups their advance." Rose has also retained his pathological distaste for the media, lyrically attacking the editors of Vanity Fair, MTV personality Sway, numerous teenage bloggers, and the city hall reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer (who, curiously, has never written about pop music).

Still, Rose always possesses the potential to surprise us, as he does on a slightly reggaetón cover of Thin Lizzy’s "Cowboy Song" and a faithful (albeit befuddling) version of "Think About You," a tune actually written and recorded by Guns N’ Roses in 1987. But a deeper quandary remains: Does Chinese Democracy accomplish its goal? After all this time and all that money, will this album truly bring democracy to China?

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

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