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2008 is almost over

We’ve had some really awesome music come out this year, from Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles to Metallica’s Death Magnetic, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy to Extreme’s Saudades de Rock. I’m not sure where those discs will fall in my top ten list for 2008, but I know what will top the list…Alice Cooper’s Along Came A Spider. This album from the original shock rocker grabbed me immediately when I heard it in July, and hasn’t let go since. I’ll post my list in a few weeks after I’ve had time to mull it over, and to let the GNR settle into place. It has gone up and down my list quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, and I’m not sure where it will finally sit when I’ve had time to fully digest it. (And yes, I still intend to write a review of the disc.)

What about you? Any 2008 albums that have caught you off-guard as really good, or on the flip side, any that you wished you had never heard?

Don’t forget your FREE Dr. Pepper today!

That’s right, folks…Chinese Democracy is in stores, and Dr. Pepper is making good on their promise to give everyone in America a free soft drink as a result. (That is, unless you are Slash or Buckethead, who are excluded from this offer). Just go to Dr. Pepper’s website and register to receive your coupon, which will be mailed in 4-6 weeks.

As for the actual Chinese Democracy disc, I really like it. I will post a proper review in the near future, but for those who are on the fence I would recommend it to you. It’s not your older brother’s GNR, but there are still some good hard rockin’ tunes on the disc. My favorites are “Chinese Democracy,” “Scraped,” and “Sorry.” “Street of Dreams” is a pretty sweet number too, more November Rain-ish than I expected. Again, a proper review will be forthcoming, but not tonight.

Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy

Several weeks ago, I checked out a book called Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey In Rural North Dakota by Chuck Klosterman. I laughed throughout the entire book because of its self-deprecating look at hard rock (specifically hair metal) and its fans. Klosterman is himself a hard rock junkie like me, so I knew exactly where he was coming from.

When I heard Chuck had written a review of Axl Rose’s new album, Chinese Democracy, I knew I had to read it. And link to it. And I really hope you click on that link, and afterwords go to your local library and check out Fargo Rock City. Both are well worth the read.

(Doesn’t “afterwords” look funny? I thought it was spelled “afterwards,” but I get a red line under that word, so I guess it has to be “afterwords.”)

And don’t forget that tonight (Saturday, November 22), Hard Rock Nights (hosted by yours truly) will be blasting through some of the greatest Guns N’ Roses songs ever recorded, along with some Izzy solo stuff, Slash’s Snakepit, Duff McKagan, Velvet Revolver and more. And yes, we’re going to play a couple of new tracks off the new CD as well. So tune in at starting at 9 pm eastern!

Rock on, my most excellent hard-rocking brothers and sisters.

Special Guns N’ Roses Theme This Week!

With Chinese Democracy set to hit the store shelves on Sunday, we’ll be celebrating with a special two-hour GNR-themed show this Saturday on Hard Rock Nights! Be sure to tune in to catch some of the best Gunner tracks ever recorded, as well as some of the bad boys’ side project material and other related songs and artists. It’s Saturday night, November 22, 9-11 pm eastern on!

I’ve been dancin’ with Dr. Pepper…

How much does Dr. Pepper love Guns ‘N’ Roses? How much does Axl Rose love Dr. Pepper fans? Those are the questions on everyone’s mind as the soda has announced its intention to give everyone in America (with the exception of Slash and Buckethead) a free can of Dr. Pepper if Chinese Democracy is released in 2008. Anytime in 2008. Axl, will you step up to the plate and give America the long-awaited alleged GNR “masterpiece” along with a free soda?

I’m not sure about you, but I doubt Chinese Democracy can top (or come anywhere near) Appetite for Destruction. That album has more hooks than a Bass Pro Shop. AFD is the definitive hard rock album for a generation, perhaps for all-time. AFD is to GNR what Back in Black is to AC/DC, what Zoso is to Led Zeppelin, what Dr. Feelgood is to Motley Crue, what Hysteria is to Def Leppard. Not one bad song; not one forgettable riff. You start playing it, and everyone knows what it is. I’ve heard some of the demo tracks for Chinese Democracy, and I don’t care how much production goes into it, they just aren’t that great. Some are good, but far from great.

At 17 years (and counting), Axl has a lot to live up to. There has been so much hype surrounding Chinese Democracy, that unless Axl is able to pull off another AFD, it will be a failure. That means he will have to scrap most of the songs that have been leaked on the internet over the past 4-5 years and select other tracks that we haven’t heard yet, that we need to hear. Of those that have been leaked which are potential minor hits are “There Was A Time” and “Better.” The others (“I.R.S.,” “The Blues,” even the title track) need to be either revamped or put to the side for a later release without all the hype.

So the question is, how badly do you want a free Dr. Pepper?

And why are Slash and Buckethead excluded from the free soda?

Look here for more info on this promotion.

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