A New “Chinese Democracy” Track: Maybe This Thing Is Happening After All

axl.jpgRumors about the eventual release of Chinese Democracy, the years-in-the-making album by Axl Rose and the guys he’s referring to as Guns N Roses these days, have been growing more insistent in recent weeks. In the strongest piece of evidence that the album might be released before Appetite For Destruction gets the 25th-anniversary treatment, there’s a snippet of a new song, “Black Sheep” “Better,” in a a new Harley-Davidson ad. We’re lukewarm on the track, to be honest, but we’re happy to report that the commercial is much more watchable than the video for “Estranged.”

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson has taken the ad using “Better” off of its site, replacing it with one soundtracked by “Paradise City,” but an enterprising YouTuber has put the original ad up here.

TV Commercials | Black Sheep [harley-davidson.com]
Harley Davidson ad “Black Sheep” w/GNR [YouTube]

  • King of Pants

    Way to strain for those notes, Axl!

    *obligatory comment about irony of a herd of black sheep re: Harley-Davidson as brand goes here*

  • zibby

    Does anyone still care? Keep the damned thing, Axl.

  • SirLoin

    A better name for this record would be “Ishtar.”

  • Ozzy

    No Duff in a rowboat? Harley Ad < Estranged video

  • KurticusMaximus

    Hey, if Chuck Klosterman still has faith that it’ll come out (and be pretty decent too), who am I to argue?

    In searching for bootlegs of the new album, I did come across a pretty kickass guitar solo-cover of “Over the Rainbow,” so that was cool.

  • FionaScrapple

    It feels strange to say it, BUT….This album might just rock real fuckin’ hard! And yet, perhaps not. I’ll still pick it up. I’m a sucker like that.

  • lossforwords

    So was the collection of songs posted on long-forgotten Usenet a while back under the title “Whenever It’s Done” (bootleg) not for real? It included “Better” and “Chinese Democracy” and sounds pretty polished (for a bootleg).