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Formed: 1985
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Guns N' Roses Set Release Date For New Album?

According to Pause & Play, Geffen Records has set a November 29, 2005 release date for the long-awaited GUNS N' ROSES album, "Chinese Democracy".

"Chinese Democracy" will feature the band's first new music since "Oh My God", the group's contribution to the soundtrack to the 1999 movie "End of Days".

GUNS N' ROSES' last studio album was a covers CD, "The Spaghetti Incident?", which was released in 1993.

In March 2004, Geffen Records issued a GUNS N' ROSES "Greatest Hits" album, which has since gone on to sell 2,195,937 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose and fellow original members Slash and Duff McKagan tried to block the "Greatest Hits" album's release by arguing in a lawsuit that Geffen Records was putting out the CD without their input. Geffen officials countered that they wouldn't have released the album if Rose had delivered the long-promised album "Chinese Democracy", which has been in the works for 10 years.

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Sanctuary Talks Included Warner, EMI

Reuters is reporting that Sanctuary Group's discussions with potential investors included meetings with larger rivals EMI and Warner Music, a person familiar with the situation said on Sunday.

The talks have been preliminary, no firm offer has been submitted and a deal is not imminent, the source added.

Sanctuary, the music company which handles artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and SLAYER, said on Friday it was in ongoing talks with several third parties that could lead to a partial or outright sale of the company.

In addition to EMI and Warner, several private equity firms also have held talks with the company.

Shares of Sanctuary, the world's biggest independent record label and a major player in artist management, touring and merchandising, are up more than 20 percent since May 31.

Sanctuary, EMI and Warner all declined to comment.

The company's shares closed at 43-1/2 pence on Friday, giving Sanctuary a market capitalization of 161 million pounds ($293 million).

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ex-GNR Drummer Says Chinese Democracy Is "Crap"

Tune in at TheRockRadio.com this Sunday June 5, 2005 as the original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, now on the road with his band ADLER'S APPETITE, talks about Axl Rose, how the singer threatened to kill him, the long-overdue "Chinese Democracy" album, drug addiction in the GUNS N' ROSES camp and why he was thrown out of the band.

"Axl ruins it not for himself and for the rest of us (Slash, Izzy, Duff, Steven) but he ruins it for the fans. We all know he is great but he has his moments, well lots of moments... he's a jackass basically, a fucking weirdo, and he can kiss my ass" says Alder.

About "Chinese Democracy": "If he puts it out he thinks he'll sell 20 million copies. Well, maybe he's lucky if he goes gold. There's no hits on it, it's crap."

Steven Adler does not rule out a reunion with all original GUNS N' ROSES band members but sets one precondition: "I have to punch [Axl Rose] in the face. I have to get one good shot at him first. The fucker has wasted so much of my time, so much of people's times."

TheRockRadio.com's interview with Steven Adler will air this Sunday during "Guns N' Roses Hour".

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SOAD Frontman Working With Buckethead

According to RollingStone.com, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has been working on a CD for Buckethead, the masked, experimental funk guitarist best known for playing in the doomed incarnation of GUNS N' ROSES. Buckethead sent Serj a handful of instrumentals, which Serj has fleshed out with a variety of different vocalists, including the poet Saul Williams and a female neighbor who sings opera. No further information is currently available.

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McKagan Wonders If He Could Have Saved Cobain

Former Guns N' Roses, current Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan was one of the last, if not the last, person to talk to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain before his suicide. They flew together in first class from L.A. to Seattle in April 1994. "He said, 'Man, I just escaped from Exodus' [a treatment facility]. I didn't have any foresight that the guy was going to do what he did. I could tell he was bummed out, and I'd been that way before. We were at baggage claim, and I thought I'd ask him to come stay at my house. I turned around and he was gone. What if. Only if. A lot of my friends have died. If only he'd ... " McKagan's voice trailed off. "But we're alive. We had a band meeting the other night to talk about business and just kinda take inventory, like, 'Is everybody cool with each other?' And we toasted this thing that we've done, that we've done it on our own terms. And it was so powerful. We didn't say it, we didn't vocalize it, but you could tell it was also like — and we're all still alive. When all five of us could have been dead. And we're not only alive, we're stronger than we were when we were 20 years old."

Read the full article at Seatlle Times.

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Guns N Roses Dismiss 'Leaked' Track As Fake

Guns n' Roses have dismissed a supposedly new track leaked online as being a fake. It's called 'Twat' and can be heard at sp1at.com.

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Hip Hopper To Do Remake Of Guns 'N' Roses Song

Bizzy Bone, legendary hip-hop star, has revealed that he will be releasing a cover of the Guns N' Roses classic "Welcome To The Jungle". He said: "I will have a rock and roll album out this summer, doing a remake of 'Welcome To The Jungle' with Guns N' Roses." G'N'R will join a list of famous rock acts, including Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne, being remixed by rappers.

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Korn, Guns N Roses Stars Cameo In 'The Still Life'

Total Rock is reporting that Korn's Jonathan Davis, Dizzy Reed from Guns N' Roses and Joshua Todd of Buckcherry all have cameo roles in the new movie 'The Still Life'. So far, there are no further details on the project.

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GNR Manager Slams NY Times Over 'Rubbish' Article

Merck Mercuriadis, worldwide CEO for the Sanctuary Group and manager of GUNS N' ROSES, has responded to The New York Times article entitled "Success, excess and a music industry phantom" about GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" album, which was dubbed by the paper "probably the most expensive recording never released." Mercuriadis' letter to The New York Times reads as follows: More...

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GNR's Most Expensive Recording Never Released

The New York Times has published an article entitled "Success, excess and a music industry phantom" about GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" album, which is dubbed by the paper "probably the most expensive recording never released." A couple of excerpts from the article follow:

When Rose missed a March 1999 deadline [to deliver "Chinese Democracy"], he set a pattern that would repeat itself for years to come: a flurry of energetic activity, followed by creative chaos and a withdrawal from the studio.

At MTV's annual awards show in 2002, publicists buzzed through the audience whispering about a big finale. And with just minutes to go in the broadcast, a screen lifted away to reveal the band and Rose, in cornrows and a sports jersey, looking strikingly young. The musicians burst into "Welcome to the Jungle", one of the original band's biggest hits, and the crowd went wild. But on television Rose quickly seemed out of breath and out of tune. He ended the performance, which included the new song "Madagascar" and the original band's hit "Paradise City", in a messianic stance, raising his arms and closing his eyes. He left the audience with a cryptic but tantalizing message: "Round one."

Round two never came.

Rose is reportedly working on the album even now. "The 'Chinese Democracy' album is very close to being completed," Merck Mercuriadis, chief executive officer of Sanctuary Group, which manages Rose, wrote in a statement. He added that other artists, including Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder, "have throughout their careers consistently taken similar periods of time without undeserved scrutiny as the world respects that this is what it can sometimes take to make great art." But of course, rumors of the album's imminent release have circulated since almost the very beginning of the tale, more than a decade ago.

He hasn't disappeared entirely. His voice can be heard on the latest edition in the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series, in the character of a grizzled '70s-style rock D.J. "Remember," he advises the radio station's audience, "we're not outdated, and neither is our music."

Interscope has taken "Chinese Democracy" off its schedule. Rose hasn't been seen there since last year, when he was spotted leaving the parking area beneath Interscope's offices, where witnesses reported that a small traffic jam had congealed when attendants halted other cars to clear a path for his silver Ferrari. Rose punched the gas and cruised into the day.

Read the full article at International Herald Tribune.

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Slash Gets His Hat Back

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has finally recovered his top hat, which went missing, presumed stolen at the Grammys last month. The hat was collected late Friday night (March 4) and a "small reward" was paid to the man that claimed he bought the hat from a transient for $50.00 on Hollywood Blvd. The reward was paid by BC Ethic, the company that does Slash's T-shirt line. The hat was part of a marketing campaign where it was to be replicated and personally signed, for display with the release of the Slash line, a 15-piece collection of tees, knit tops and hats.

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Guns N Roses Part With Geffen

Guns N' Roses have reportedly parted with the Geffen label and signed to the Sanctuary label. There is currently no release date set for their much delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album.

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Guns N Roses Catalog To Generate $100 Million

According an article in the U.K.'s The Times, Sanctuary Music Group said that it expected to generate about £50 million (approx. $94 million) from exploiting Guns N Roses hits through film soundtracks, cover versions and their use in advertisements. Sanctuary announced earlier in the week that it had acquired the publishing rights to Guns N Roses' back catalogue in a deal believed to be worth £10 million (approx. $19 million).

Deke Arlon, Sanctuary's head of publishing, said: "After The Beatles and Queen, there doesn't come much bigger in the rock canon than Guns N Roses. We spent years trying to find the right deal and we are delighted with acquiring a slice of rock history."

The notoriously unpredictable Axl Rose signed with Sanctuary after months of negotiations through his lawyers. Although rival publishers are believed to have offered more, Rose felt more comfortable with Sanctuary's business plan.

Sanctuary has also secured the rights to "Chinese Democracy", the new Guns N Roses album and all future Rose material. However, the album has no release date 12 years after work began. The effort has cost other labels £6 million (approx. $11 million) and seen off eight producers.

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Ozzy Osbourne Bins Buckethead

Ozzy Osbourne has ditched plans to link up with former Guns N' Roses star Buckethead - because the guitarist refused to lose his famous look.

The guitarist was called in as Ozzy's possible latest guitarist for this year's Ozzfest tour, but Osbourne admits he couldn't persuade the eccentric axeman to ditch his trademark KFC bucket hat and white facemask - and he refused to call him Buckethead.

Ozzy tells rock magazine Revolver: "I met him and asked him to work with me but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket.

"I came back a bit later and he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing. I said: 'Look, just be yourself.'

"He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says: 'No one calls me Brian except my mother.' So I said: 'Pretend I'm your mum then.'"

Ozzy is now looking to reunite with former guitarist pal Zakk Wylde for the 10th anniversary tour this summer.

He adds: "He's fucking nuts. It depends on a lot of things. He'll probably be with me."

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Evanescence, GNR Have Two Big Albums Of 2004

According to the German web site MediaTraffic.de, EVANESCENCE and GUNS N' ROSES had two of the world's top-selling albums of 2004. EVANESCENCE's major label debut, "Fallen", reportedly sold 7.6 million copies so far this year to land at No. 30 on the Top 40 chart. Meanwhile, GUNS N' ROSES's "Greatest Hits" is said to have shifted 5.18 copies during 2004 to secure the No. 10 slot on the chart. View the complete list at this location.

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Buckethead Records Tribute To Dimebag

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead has recorded a song as a tribute to the DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down on Dec. 8 at a Columbus, Ohio nightclub. Download the track at this location. Several photos of Buckethead and Dimebag, taken at the NAMM 2003 convention, can be viewed at the following links: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3.

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Slash Says He Was Suicidal When He Left GNR

The Irish Examiner is reporting that legendary guitarist Slash considered suicide after watching Axl Rose record his vocals at the final Guns N' Roses recording session. The band recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" in 1994 and by that point Rose wouldn't even look at Slash. The next day, Slash decided to leave the band.

Slash, who now plays with Velvet Revolver, recalls he went home to sleep, waking up two hours later. He says: "I was suicidal. If I'd had a gun with me at that time, I probably would have done myself in. "If I'd had a half-ounce of f**king heroin with me, I probably just would've gone. It was heavy. It was a headspace I'd never been in before.

"Somehow I managed to go back to sleep. Then, when I woke up later that morning, I made a decision. I felt the whole weight of the world drop."

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Metallica Sets Beat At First Metal Auction

Metallica fans paid higher than expected prices for the band's handwritten lyrics and original album cover artwork at the first major public auction of heavy metal music memorabilia. The sale was conducted by Julien Entertainment Saturday, November 6, at the Hard Rock Cafe on West 57th Street in New York City.

"Lyrics to the group's first album in 1983, 'Kill 'Em All', handwritten by Metallica founder Lars Ulrich and early band member Cliff Burton, sold for $2,400 to more than $4,900 each. The pre-sale estimates ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each," said auctioneer Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

"There were a total of 16 different handwritten Metallica lyrics, and they sold for a combined total of $48,600. Obviously, some fans were determined to buy historic keepsakes from the band," said Julien. More...

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Axl Rose Tries Game DJing

Axl Rose plays the role of DJ Tommy 'The Nightmare' Smith in new game 'GTA: San Andreas'. The game will also include Guns n' Roses' 'Welcome To The Jungle'.

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Slash Photo Session

Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash took part in a photo session on September 3rd in London, England. Check out pictures from WireImage.

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