It's (almost) official: Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy won't arrive this year.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has apparently announced that, despite previous assurances, the band's long-awaited Chinese Democracy
LP will not arrive in stores the year. A widely circulated open letter
allegedly from Rose to GNR's fan apologizes, explains the delay, announces a tentative March 6 release, and blames some of the fiasco on his manager, whom he also announces has been fired.
The remarkable, longwinded ass-covering is available at Guns fans site Here Today Gone to Hell, but not on Guns' official website
. MTV News tried to confirm
the letter's authencity with the band's label, which did not respond.
If this development (or lack thereof) throws a monkey wrench in your holiday gift-giving plans, GNRonline has T-shirts from the band's recent tour, but you're cutting it pretty close. We recommend you download a bootleg copy of "Better," the best of the leaked demos from the album. About ten other cuts are available, but the others will just disappoint. -- D.X. Ferris