Guns N' Roses at 2006's Download Festival, attending as a part of the Chinese Democracy tour.
Guns N' Roses at 2006's Download Festival, attending as a part of the Chinese Democracy tour.

The sage surrounding Guns N’Roses‘ long-awaited album ‘Chinese Democracy‘ has taken its most bizarre twist yet.

A track, through to be set for inclusion on the long-threatened album, was allegedly played on the radio by an American baseball player.

New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, a guest on New York station Q104.3’s Friday Night Rocks With Eddi Trunk, persuaded the DJ to play a CD that had come into his possession marked ‘Guns N’Roses – ‘IRS” in the early hours of August 30.

Soon after, the station got a call from the band’s management demanding the track be handed over. Station Program Director Bob Buchmann told MTV: “We’ve gotten hundreds, dare I say thousands of emails since, urging us to play it again, but we can’t because the management flipped when they heard it on air.”

The CD was returned to GN’R management the following day (August 31). Only one song, ‘Madagascar‘ – previewed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards – has been heard from ‘Chinese Democracy’, their first studio album in over ten years, although the band have played some new songs live. There is still no release date set for the album.

Chinese Democracy is the sixth studio album by the American hard rock band Guns N’Roses. It was released on November 23, 2008, by Geffen Records. It was the band’s first studio album since “The Spaghetti Incident?” in November 1993, and their first album of original studio material since the simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991.

Although it debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Chinese Democracy domestically undersold expectations. It received generally favorable reviews from music critics. The album achieved international chart success and has sold over one million copies in Europe.

“Madagascar” is the 12th song on the album, featuring dramatic orchestral arrangements and numerous audio samples during its bridge, including several from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” and “Why Jesus Called Man a Fool” speeches, and others from the motion pictures Cool Hand Luke, Mississippi Burning, Casualties of War, Braveheart, and Se7en.

© NME September 13, 2003

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