I know that you're going to let me and millions of other Guns N Roses fans down this year. I know that by Xmas, we will not see the very much awaited Chinese Democracy album under our Xmas trees. I also know that you did try your best and give us the next best thing: A Chinese Democracy release date (finally!). From GunsNRoses.com:
It takes approximately eight weeks for an album to hit the shelves once it has been turned in to the record company. For whatever reasons, it appears that it may have been mistakenly inferred by management that this time period could be condensed to three weeks. With that being said, this is not a promise, a lie or a guarantee, but we do wish to announce a tentative release date of March 6. This is the first time we have done this publicly for this album. Others have made up all the other dates for their own reasons. We would like to assure the fans that everything in our power will be done to meet this date. Once it is finalized and official, you will be notified. If we are delayed for unseen reasons, you also will be notified as soon as possible in regard to a new date, and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as is possible. We thank you for your patience.March 6 2007. The real countdown to Chinese Democracy begins now. Or is it? Will Axl Rose freak out and fail to deliver the album again? Will he disappear, only to return in 2020, by then China would have been a fully democratic country (not!) ?
In the end, it’s just an album, but it’s one that I, the band, our record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N’ Roses album. Ultimately the public will decide, and regardless of the outcome, our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this project every step of the way. If for no other reason, we feel those elements alone merit your consideration. We do hope you can hold on just a bit longer, and if not, please take a break and we’ll be more than glad -- if you so choose -- to see you again later.
Sigh. Just another day in the life of a long suffering Guns N Roses fan.
P.S. Santa, if you are reading this, I want to tell you that I have really been a good boy this year. Really!