In one of the most storied and longest delays in recording music history, it took 14 years before Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy finally hit stands. But never in the six years since that release did we ever think there’d be a sequel out within the decade. Turns out there just might be. Key word: might.
In an interview with Revolver (via Stereogum), Axl Rose said the material for a follow-up as well as a remix album has long since been finished. “We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out,” Rose stated. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That’s been done for a while, too.”
Of course, the former-greatest singer alive isn’t one to rush into things (obviously). The band still has two dates left in their residency at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and Rose said they’ll figure out the fate of Chinese 2.0 after that. “But after Vegas, we’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard.”
In other words, check back in 2029 when GnR break their own record for longest time taken to release an album; That is, unless Dr. Dre gets there first.