According to a new interview with bassist Tommy Stinson, the new Guns N Roses album, 'Chinese Democracy' is done, and will be released this Spring. Any longtime G'n'R fan knows that announcements like this have happened before...and no new album. The last Guns LP with new, original material came out in 1991 -- 'Use Your Illusion I and II'. Supposedly, Guns N Roses have left Geffen Records and will be working with Sanctuary Records. I find this hard to believe since Geffen has already sunk tens of millions of dollars into this album. Is Sanctuary going to buy it from them for, like $20 million? I didn't know they had that kind of money.
Tommy Stinson (above) and Axl Rose (below) will someday release that new Guns N Roses album
While you're waiting for that record to come out, you should pick up two great Tommy Stinson titles that came out last year. Tommy's first solo album, 'Village Gorilla Head,' is excellent -- it's on Sanctuary Records. In addition, the never-before-released full-length album from Tommy's band Perfect was issued through Rykodisc last September. It was supposed to be out in 1998, but the label scrapped it. Tommy is rumored to have been in the studio last month with his former Replacements' bandmate Paul Westerberg. It was NOT for any type of Mats reunion, though. That much has been established. The band had the opportunity to reunite for a one-off gig at a benefit for Karl Mueller of Soul Asylum (who has cancer), and didn't do it. Westerberg appeared solo.