Hey, have you heard? Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy is coming out next month, maybe! And wondering what it’ll sound like is sooo 2003. I’m more interested in what Mr. Rose’s opus will look like. Specifically, I’ve been waiting to find out whether there’s any chance I can repurpose the album’s cover art as a classy Thanksgiving greeting card for the elderly folks I know. So imagine my delight to discover (h/t) that Best Buy, which will be exclusively retailing Chinese Democracy, has a tiny little preview image up on their website… and it’s, uh, a sepia-toned photo of an old-timey bicycle with a basket. Score!

Anyway, I asked GN’R’s label if this was for real, and I have yet to hear back. So I’m going to assume that it is? (Hey, it worked with Lil Wayne.) Might as well start the rampant speculation now: Do you think this can possibly be the actual cover of the most legendarily delayed hard rock album of all time? And if so, what do you make of it? Best Buy also has a tracklist up, if that’ll help you form an opinion.

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  • A handy timeline of the long road to CD
  • Chinese Democracy gets an actual solid release date in November 2008…we think!
  • Oh, wait, it already got an actual solid release date in 2006 :(
  • Axl Rose, gentleman that he is, welcomes Dr. Pepper’s offer to buy everyone in the country a soda if he drops CD this year

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