In an interview posted today at billboard.com, Axl Rose has broken his silence over Chinese Democracy, the long awaited Guns N’ Roses album which was finally released through Best Buy last November (Typical! You wait decades for anything to emerge from the GNR camp, and then two come along just a quarter of a year apart.) In the conducted-via-email piece, Rose offers a number of reasons for the album’s absurdly long gestation period –- including his construction of a studio and search for a suitable producer -– and then begins whaling on GNR’s label, Universal, for allegedly not supporting a CD that has so far sold an unimpressive 537,000 copies. “I’ve been asking for a marketing plan for five years and still haven’t got anything,” the singer writes at one point. Indeed, as the feature progresses, Rose seems to become more and more angry. Towards the end, in a response to a question about whether he will work with former GNR members, Rose says, “In regards to Slash, I read a desperate fan’s message about, what if one of us were to die and looking back I had the possibility of a reunion now, blah blah blah. And my thoughts are, ‘Yeah, and while you’re at the show your baby accidentally kicks a candle and burns your house down, killing himself and the rest of your family.'”
Frankly, it’s kind of fun to imagine Rose hunched over a hot computer, those distinctive features reddening with every query until he perhaps finally decides to throw the whole thing out the window (and possibly disappears with it, should his braids have gotten entangled in the keyboard). But what do you think? Is Rose right to blame his label for his CD’s lack of success? Is the real problem his own reluctance to promote the album (or, dare we say, the album itself)? And what on earth have household fires got to do with anything?
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