New Guns N' Roses album leaked
By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 6:26AM BST 23/06/2008 | Comments 24 | Have Your Say
The long-awaited album from the rock band Guns N' Roses has been partially leaked by an American blogger.
New Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy leaked
It's not 1991 anymore - Axl Rose, left, ditches the cycling shorts
Nine 'mastered, finished' tracks from Chinese Democracy, the album that Axl Rose has been working on for the past 14 years, were posted on a little-known rock website, www.Antiquiet.com.
The infamous album is reported to have cost in excess of $13million (£6.5million) to produce but its release is said to have been held up by discussions between Rose and the bandís record label Geffen Records, over rights.
A poster calling themselves Skwerl made the nine songs available on Wednesday, without revealing their source, but the tracks were removed hours later.
The poster wrote: "I always said that the more that Axl and Geffen jerked around trying to figure out how to release this finally finished album that weíve all been waiting over 13 years for, the greater the chances would be that it would slip out of a pressing plant or office somewhere and wind up in the hands of some ******* with a blog. SoÖ"
Despite the hasty removal of the songs, reportedly after a call from the bandís lawyers, they soon spread throughout the internet, appearing on filesharing sites as well as YouTube.
Once released, the album will be the first original recording from Guns N' Roses since the 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion.
It is rumoured that a Guns Ní Roses reality TV show is set to be broadcast to coincide with the official release of the album.
In reference to the lengthy wait for the album, the California pop-punk band The Offspring announced in 2003 that their next album would be entitled Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze, You Lose).