So, Chinese Democracy is (still) rumored for the zillionth time to be “finished,” its release date held hostage on the board room table during the never-ending “contract negotiations” between Axl and label, and while there are undoubtedly a few crazies out there ticking off the remaining 45 Tuesdays in 2008 in hopes that one of them will be the day their unflagging amour is finally rewarded, Saul Hudson is not among them.
“I hear through the grapevine bits and pieces of what’s going on, and I’m interested to see what it sounds like because it will be such a huge statement,” he recently told an interviewer. “But I’m not holding my breath because I know Axl, and one of the problems with the band was sitting around (waiting for him)…It will come out when it’s ready to come out, but I don’t have the anticipation that everyone else has.” Slash, what if your unspoken support was secretly the only thing keeping Axl going during all those tweaked late nights tweaking snare hits? What if your ennui means we never hear it now? You’re so busted if this thing’s still in Axl’s bandana drawer come 01/05/09.