Yeah, I know we've heard this before over the past decade or so but this time it's for real because the band signed an exclusive deal with BEST BUY and licensed songs to Rock Band 2 and a major motion picture, so this has got to be the real deal.
Of course, if you're a hardcore GNR fan you probably have most of the album already as 11 of the disc's 14 songs have been passed around the internet in demo/live/allegedly completed form for quite a while.
Among the disc 14 tracks (really, 10+ years for 14 songs?), only 3 of the tunes Scraped, 'Sorry and Prostitute, will likely be unfamiliar to the GNR faithful.
Here's where you can pre-order your CD, Digital download (say, how much analog music downloading is going on these days?) and Vinyl (with a free umm.. digital download) copy of the album:
Here is the official track list for Chinese Democracy:
Street of Dreams (reportedly the final version of recent concert staple The Blues)
If the World
This I Love
There was a Time
Riad N' the Bedovins
Will the album live up to years of hype and speculation?
Well, probably not, but that's nearly impossible at this point
Does it really have to?
No, no it doesn't. I think most fans will just be glad that Axl and his (hired) Guns N Roses is back in the mix with a solid collection of songs and hitting the road again to rock their world and local arena (assuming Axl actually shows up).
Hey, here's some high-quality hyperbole from a couple of guys Axl Rose pays to spit out hyperbole:
"The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock 'n' roll," GNR manager Irving Azoff and co-manager Andy Gould said in a statement.
"We're launching with a monumental campaign developed by Gary Arnold and the Best Buy team that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself. Guns N' Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning."
Oooh, all that marketing talk has got me ready to rock.