AXL ROSE Putting 'Final' Vocals Down For 'Chinese Democracy'

According to the January 7, 2007 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose is putting the final vocals down on the band's new album that he has been working on at the Palms recording studios.

Rose announced last month on GUNS N' ROSES' official web site a "tentative" March 6 release date for the band's eternally delayed new CD, "Chinese Democracy". In the posting, Rose also revealed he has split with longtime manager Merck Mercuriadis due to disagreements over the set up for the album release.

In order to properly plan for the release, GNR has canceled four January shows in Sacramento, Calif., Bakersfield, Calif., Reno, Nev., and San Diego.

"Chinese Democracy" is the first GUNS N' ROSES album since the 1993 covers collection "The Spaghetti Incident". In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.

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GUNS N' ROSES' "Greatest Hits" collection, which was originally issued in March of 2004, was certified triple-platinum on April 11, 2006 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of three million copies. The CD sold 18,000 copies in the United States last week alone (week ending Dec. 31), bringing the total number of copies sold since its release to 3.39 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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