Last night was New Years Eve, and members of Guns N’ Roses and Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain both seemed to have tons of fun at their parties! Susan Holmes McKagan has shared video of Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan and Frank Ferrer dancing to ring in 2019, while Frances Bean Cobain shared a video of herself singing and dancing with friends on her Instagram story.
Fans are hoping to see the debut album from Frances Bean Cobain in 2019, and a new album from Guns N’ Roses. Things are currently quiet on the Guns N’ Roses front, but an article was recently published by Art Tavana for Billboard to mark 10 years of Chinese Democracy.
During the period of recording Chinese Democracy (1994-2008), Axl Rose had become a wounded and mythical figure. His foreign policy was a war of attrition with real and imaginary threats—rarely shrugging off forces he believed were delaying his growth. By the 2000s, he had found the courage to drift away, but in the process of purging himself of his demons, he lost sight of the shore. From his sanctuary, deep in the canyons of Malibu, he wrote to us like Holden Caulfield: “My apologies to anyone I have unintentionally confused and those I have mistakenly offended,” reads a cryptic note from the novelistic liner notes of Chinese Democracy—self-ruination to the majority, and a work of uncompromising genius to the minority of GN’R fans who view it like the soundtrack of the singer’s lost years.
“I honestly don’t think old school fans have any awareness for the record,” says syndicated rock radio DJ Eddie Trunk, who was the first person to leak tracks from Chinese Democracy live on the air in 2003. “It didn’t have any hits. It wasn’t commercially successful. It doesn’t have recurrent airplay on classic rock radio, and because of that, the only people that record is on the radar for are extremely hardcore GN’R fans.”