The following item comes to us courtesy of antiMUSIC:
"As we reported last week, GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson, in an interview with Billboard.com, eluded that the long awaited GUNS N' ROSES album 'Chinese Democracy' may see the light of day this year. We can now report that GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose is also confident that the album will be released soon.
"On Sunday Night [June 15], antiMUSIC co-hosted a viewing/release party for the new LED ZEPPELIN DVD along with HappeninHarry.com and Buzztone.com at the Cat Club in Hollywood. G'NR frontman Axl Rose was among those who showed up for the party.
"Contrary to popular opinion and press reports, Axl was down-to-earth and very friendly with those who approached him and freely answered questions. A lot of people commented on how good he looked as well and in person Axl did appear fit and youthful.
"I was among those who had a quick question for Axl. Of course, the burning question I had was if Tommy Stinson was correct that 'Chinese Democracy' would be released by the end of the year. Because I did not identify myself as a member of the press to Axl, I cannot quote him but from what he did say, he seemed hopeful that patient fans would finally have the album by the end of the year.
"He elaborated a little bit that he was co-producing the CD and eluded to the fact that he wants to make sure it is a perfect as possible before it is released.
"One thing that may bear in the equation is the recent changes with Geffen Records. Last week MCA Records was effectively folded and most of the roster was moved over to Geffen. Word on the street is Geffen will be reorganized and in effect become once again a full self-standing record company (over the past few years Geffen was ran as part of Geffen / Interscope / A&M). What that means is there will be more muscle behind a new G'NR release when the time comes. Although Axl didn't really touch upon this recent change, it may be a favorable factor in the release of the album. Or it could mean that Axl, like many musicians, is simply a perfectionist and couldn't sit with the idea of releasing music he felt wasn't perfect."