The next album by Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, has been a long time coming. Like, recording started in 1994 kind of "long time." Dr Pepper even made the bold offer to hand out a free can of soda "to 'everyone in America' (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead)" if the album is released within the 2008 calendar year. Today we may be one step closer to that free can of fizzy goodness: the first official single off Chinese Democracy has hit the airwaves.
We can't download it just yet — the track has been released for radio play only — but you can go here to listen. I wasn't sure I was such a fan when I took a first spin-through, but it's really growing on me. It takes a long time building up, which is annoying, but once it's really running along, it's fun to listen to. It's nowhere near the greatness of classic GNR (you know, "Paradise City," "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle"), but for the modern age, I can definitely see myself not changing the channel when this driving rock song plays on the radio.
What do you think? Is Axl back?