Did you know that deranged perfectionist/cheeky rascal Axl Rose apparently had the “finished” Chinese Democracy in the can before any of us managed to trim the tree or light a single menorah candle? Yes, the mixed and completed and ready to ship CD is no longer a rumor according to no less an authority than Classic Rock Magazine. Thanks to a vague on-the-record quote or two they managed to squeeze out of Axl’s manager, “it’s a fact!”
Classic Rock recently tracked down Beta Lebeis, personal manager of Axl Rose, who confirmed to us that Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album “was finished before Christmas”.
She added: “Everybody knows that.”
Lebeis said Axl is currently “in negotiations”.
Lebeis, who is more often referred to in the media as Axl’s personal assistant/den mother than GNR’s (or Axl’s) “manager” per se, was mum on details of said negotiations, and at the risk of sounding skeptical of Rose’s ability to close any sort of deal, we’ll go out on a limb and assume that the album (or its gift card equivalent) won’t be in anyone’s stocking next year, either.