O.K., yesterday, we had Dr. Pepper announcing that they would give a free can to everybody in America if Axl Rose would release the long awaited, Guns N’ Roses record, “Chinese Democracy”.
Today, we have Axl saying this.
I am very pleased to announce that Guns N’ Roses and I are now represented by the management team of Irving Azoff and Andy Gould. We are very excited and look forward to working with them and hope our relationship proves beneficial for everyone, especially the fans.
Billboard had this to say about it.
Azoff and Gould bring a wealth of managerial experience to the table. Azoff currently serves as chairman/CEO of Los Angeles-based Front Line Management Group. He personally represents such artists as the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond, Van Halen and Steely Dan. Gould, a former senior partner at the Firm, currently manages Rob Zombie, Static-X and Primus/Les Claypool.
GNR and Rose were previously managed by Merck Mercuriadis. Rose revealed the split with Mercuriadis in a December 2006 online posting, citing disagreements over the set up for GNR’s long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy.” There’s still no official word on when the decade-in-the-works “Chinese Democracy” will see the light of day.
I can surmise three things here.
1. Azoff has already been on the clock. That’s how the Dr. Pepper thing happened. I don’t think there was a board meeting at Dr. Pepper where executives were sitting around, wondering what Axl was up to. Azoff must have got the deal going.
2. The album will be coming out shortly.
3. There must be something to the record. Azoff is a heavy hitter and he’s not going to screw around with something that doesn’t have a legit upside, especially in the present climate.