Axl Rose Announces Chinese Democracy Sequel, Remix Album

By Michael Nelson / June 5, 2014 - 2:55 pm

I’m on record here and probably elsewhere as being a fan of Chinese Democracy — the legendarily bloated, forever-delayed, joke-butt of an album released in 2008 by Axl Rose and a bunch of random musicians contracted to play under the name “Guns N’ Roses.” Look, it’s a good record! The production is embarrassingly dated (and was so at the time of the record’s release) and the quality is uneven at best but there are a bunch of songs on there that I like a lot and enjoy listening to even now. I fully contend the world is a better place with Chinese Democracy in it. And I’m always excited to hear whatever Axl Rose releases. But did I feel the 71-minute-long Chinese Democracy should have been twice as long? Have I been clamoring for a sequel? I did not. I have not. Was I perhaps hoping to hear Chinese Democracy: The Remixes six years after the release of Chinese Democracy? Honestly … no. But Axl was not put on this Earth to cater to my whims, so a sequel to and remix version of Chinese Democracy is exactly what we’ve all got to look forward to. Axl revealed as much in a new interview with metal mag Revolver. Quoth W. Axl:

We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out. We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That’s been done for a while, too. But after Vegas [Guns N' Roses is performing a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that runs through June 7], we’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard.

You gotta love the guy. “That’s already recorded”? “That’s been done for a while”? “[W]e’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard”? There’s a good chance Barack Obama will have spent two entire terms in office between the release of Chinese Democracy and Chinese Democracy 2! I mean, I want to hear the thing, of course, but come on!