Axl Rose

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!

Comments (7)
  1. ….with your bitch slap rappin and your cocaine tongue, ya get nothing done.

  2. I love how Axl Rose looks like a fat comedian doing a bad Axl Rose impression these days.

  3. So we can expect this to drop sometime around 2021, right?

  4. my feelings on axl rose could best be summarized by hansel regarding Sting – The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that

  5. Michael, I didn’t want to like that album either, but it kind of kicks ass! Way more depth than anything GNR
    ever did. Better lyric content as well. All and all, it’s a damn fine album!

  6. Hopefully…. Axl will give me some reggae

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