Guns N' Roses release long-delayed album

Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:46pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Guns N' Roses, the rock band whose appetite for self-destruction has left it with only one original member, will release its first album of new material in more than 17 years on November 23, its label said on Wednesday.

With the group's early-'90s heyday now only a distant memory, volatile singer Axl Rose has gone through a revolving cast of musicians as work proceeded at a snail's pace on the album "Chinese Democracy."

Over the years, Rose has promised multiple release plans and then delays but this time, it really seems to be on its way.

The group's Geffen Records label will release the album exclusively in the United States through consumer electronics chain Best Buy Co Inc, and it will be available through traditional music retailers elsewhere internationally.

In the United States, tie-ups with individual chains are becoming more common. Australian hard rock band AC/DC released its new album through Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday.

Paradoxically, most of the 14 tracks on "Chinese Democracy" have already been released in one form or another, thanks largely to Internet piracy.

Earlier this week, a Los Angeles man pleaded innocent in federal court to violating copyright law by allegedly posting nine of the tracks on a Web site.

The title track was officially released to U.S. radio outlets earlier on Wednesday. Additionally, the track "Shackler's Revenge" debuted in the "Rock Band 2" videogame last month, and a portion of "If The World" can be heard over the closing credits of the new film "Body Of Lies."   Continued...

<p>Axel Rose, lead singer for the band Guns N' Roses, performs during a concert in Budapest June 1, 2006. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai</p>