I just want to know why the hell it's taking so long if the record company has the album and when the **** we're going to get it in our hands. I think all the hype that's surrounding this album may in effect kill the willingness of fringe fans to buy it. This may end up being a case of trying to hype something because it's really not that good.
I haven't listened to all the tracks that have been "made available", but from what I have listened to, I'm not all that stoked or excited about this album. For whatever reason, a lot of the stuff just doesn't have that GnR sound to it...at least in the traditional sense of remembering AFD and how badass that album was, some of the stuff doesn't even compare to the mediocre stuff from the Illusions albums.
That's the biggest misconception. That GNR was built and made by 5 guys living day to day. Read Slash's book. It will never happen again, even if the original 5 reunite.
A current day GNR would sound like a mix of VR and this new GNR. The sound has changed, but we knew that already. However, Axl & Baz have said that CD "will have something for everybody", so there is still hope for a bluesy-rock track.
The latest leak is called "Chicken Dinner". The original leaker (MisterSaintLaurent
) says the file was called that. The June leaker (Skwerl) says that his info says it is 'Shackler's Revenge'. We'll know for sure in less than a month whn RB2 is released, but most likely sooner. I don't know who or how MSL got ahold of this track, but he posted at MyGNRForums.com that he leaked it, and he has a lot of creditability over there for stuff. His website also has a new release date: November 25, 2008. Take it for what it's worth.
This leak is very different from the other in that reportedly this file was ripped from iTunes. The file is an MP4, not an MP3, and the file contained the following artwork:
I didn't like it at first, but it is growing on me. Can't imagine trying to sing, strum, or bang the drums to this song in RB2. Defintetly harder and crazier than anything else leaked.
Now here is the other strong rumor circulating outside of the GNR websites - the new GNR will perform Sept 7 at the 2008 MTV VMAs. Anyone see the Britney Spears VMA commercial
? (Who the hell is Russel Brand anyway?) No explaination as to the elephant in the background, but there is a lot of mention of an elephant sound in 'Chicken Dinner/Shackler's Revnge' at the 2:25 mark. It could be a very subtle, wierd way to signify GNR's performance.
Too many things happening this year for the album to NOT be released.