Friday, December 05, 2008
GUNS N' ROSES SINGER AXL ROSE MISSING FOR CHINESE DEMOCRACY RELEASE:
Despite the release of their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, eccentric Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is reported to have gone AWOL. Rose has been missing for two months.
The rocker has infuriated bosses at record label Geffen after disappearing without promoting the band's long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, which was released last week 15 years after the last Guns N' Roses LP.
A source told Britain's The Sun: "People have been trying to contact Axl for two months and he's completely AWOL. It is frustrating because the album would have had a much better chance of going to number one if he had only been prepared to show his face. You would have thought after spending all those years on an album you might do a few weeks of promotion. Everyone knows Axl is a bit of a maverick genius and won't do anything he doesn't want to."
Chinese Democracy has only made it to No. 3 on the Australian charts, beaten by Pink's Funhouse at No. 1 and Kings of Leon's Only By the Night at No. 2.
Guns N' Roses was beaten to the number one spot in the UK album charts by The Killers' Day and Age, which sold 200,000 copies - nearly twice as many as Rose's record, which is rumoured to have cost $13 million, making it the most expensive ever album.
So far, Chinese Democracy has only gone to number one in Brazil and Finland. It has been claimed Rose's disappearance could be due to him entering into secret talks to reform the classic line-up of the band.
Former guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin has performed as a guest star with the band at shows in 2004 and 2006, and ex-lead guitarist Slash has admitted he likes Chinese Democracy.
The fate of Slash's new band Velvet Revolver hangs in the balance after they were dropped from their record label.
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