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Tuesday, 17 April 2007

The March to Democracy

From the GNR Myspace*

An open letter to our fans:

Guns N’ Roses regrets to announce that the following
concert tour dates have been canceled:
January 10: Sacramento
January 11: Bakersfield
January 13: Reno
January 16: San Diego

Because of the scheduling of these particular shows, valuable time
needed by the band and record company for the proper setup and release
of the album “Chinese Democracy” would have been lost. Rather than
delay the album yet again, all involved have decided to remove these
shows from GN’R’s schedule. We hope our fans understand and we
apologize for any inconveniences
this may have caused. Tickets may be refunded at point of purchase.

To say the making of this album has been an unbearably long and
incomprehensible journey would be an understatement. Overcoming the
endless and seemingly insane amount of obstacles faced by all involved,
notwithstanding the emotional challenges endured by everyone -- the
fans, the band, our road crew and business team -- has at many times
seemed like a bad dream in which one wakes up only to find that they
are still in the nightmare. Unfortunately, this time it has been played
out for over a decade in real life.

The true, ongoing, behind-the-scenes triumphs and casualties are much
more complicated than any negative speculation that the media or
otherwise has managed to hit upon. For much of the time, various legal
issues have arisen, demanding that the best way to deal with these
things publicly, quite frankly, was to keep our mouths shut in an
attempt to ensure the best outcome-- especially one that wouldn’t
jeopardize the band or the album. It’s easy for people to point out how
others have handled similar situations or how they would have dealt
with these issues themselves if they encountered them in their own
lives. But again, without full knowledge of the various dynamics and
circumstances involved, these types of comments or commentary are just
uninformed, disassociated, generally useless -- and often hindering
--speculation.

When I agreed to do our recent North American tour, I did it with the
understanding that my manager, Merck Mercuriadis, and I were in full
agreement regarding our strategy and touring plans and, most important,
that any and all things needed to release the album by Dec. 26 at the
latest were in place. Unfortunately, it turned out that this was not
the case, and I regret to say that the album will not be released by
the end of the year. Although many things went extremely well and were
very exciting, there were, in our opinion, unnecessary and avoidable
complications on our tour having to do with the tour routing,
scheduling and album and video plans that wreaked havoc on all
involved. This was compounded by an overall sense of a lack of respect
by management for the band and crew and each individual's particular
expertise that has resulted, unfortunately, in the end of both Guns’
and my managerial involvement with Merck Mercuriadis.

In regard to a release date for the album itself, certain minor –- and
I do mean minor -- additions, as well as contract negotiations, need to
be completed. Barring any unforeseen complications, these things have
now been adequately scheduled. The band and I, along with our record
company, feel that this record deserves the proper setup and promotion,
not the “13 Tuesdays left” and “It may just appear in your record
store” approach offered by management. We believe this strategy may
have been used as a tool by management to sell this latest tour to the
various promoters, and if this was the case, this was obviously unfair
to them. The stress of dealing with this situation has been
considerable for everyone, including the band, but more important, in
our opinion, it was something utterly insane to do to our fans. You
have our apologies, and please know we have been laboring over this
with management for the entire North American tour.

It takes approximately eight weeks for an album to hit the shelves once
it has been turned in to the record company. For whatever reasons, it
appears that it may have been mistakenly inferred by management that
this time period could be condensed to three weeks. With that being
said, this is not a promise, a lie or a guarantee, but we do wish to
announce a tentative release date of March 6. This is the first time we
have done this publicly for this album. Others have made up all the
other dates for their own reasons. We would like to assure the fans
that everything in our power will be done to meet this date. Once it is
finalized and official, you will be notified. If we are delayed for
unseen reasons, you also will be notified as soon as possible in regard
to a new date, and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as
is possible. We thank you for your patience.

In the end, it’s just an album, but it’s one that I, the band, our
record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N’
Roses album. Ultimately the public will decide, and regardless of the
outcome, our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this
project every step of the way. If for no other reason, we feel those
elements alone merit your consideration. We do hope you can hold on
just a bit longer, and if not, please take a break and we’ll be more
than glad -- if you so choose -- to see you again later.

Once again, we offer our sincere apologies and our deepest thanks. Guns
N’ Roses also would like to thank all the fans who attended the 70
concerts in 21 countries for their support in 2006. All the best to
each and every one of you over this holiday season, thank you and God
bless.

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

*Myspace is probably the shittest website ever.

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