The seemingly never-ending saga of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” album rolls on, as the group has once again postponed the project’s release.
The band announced in December that “Chinese Democracy” was tentatively due March 6, but with that date fast approaching, the album is back off the schedule.
“There is no official release date, as the band is currently mixing, but after some delays and scheduling difficulties, things appear to be moving along,” reads a post on GNR’s Web site (http://www.gunsnroses.com).
“The good news is that all of the recording for the album has been completed,” the post continues. “Drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Ron ’Bumblefoot’ Thal integrated themselves into the recordings seamlessly and will have their presence felt.”
“Chinese Democracy” is the first Guns N’ Roses album since the 1993 covers collection “The Spaghetti Incident?” In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides vocalist Axl Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.
On Wednesday, a high-quality version of planned album track “Better” made the rounds on the Internet but was quickly pulled from a number of blogs at the request of the band’s management. In Los Angeles, modern rock station KROQ played it twice before a cease-and-desist letter arrived, a DJ announced.
GNR will return to live duty for its first-ever shows on the African continent April 27 in Johannesburg and May 1 in Cape Town.