Guns N' Roses bassist admits 'Chinese Democracy' not a success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 August 2011

Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson admits the group's long-awaited 2008 album 'Chinese Democracy' wasn't as successful as had been expected

Tommy Stinson admits 'Chinese Democracy' wasn't a "huge success".

The Guns N' Roses bassist - who joined the group in 1996, around the time they started work on the album - thinks frontman Axl Rose had some good, unique ideas for the record, but acknowledges when it was finally released in 2008 it was received as well as anticipated.

He said: "Axl was really trying to do something that no one had done or made a success out of before. Not that 'Chinese Democracy' was necessarily a huge success, but I think in a lot of ways it was, because it came out and, you know, people bought it."

Before joining Guns N' Roses, Tommy had been a member of the groups The Replacements, Bash & Pop and Perfect, but admitted he never really considered joining Axl's band as a long term project.

He added in an interview with Delaware Online: "I never really was thinking that's where I'd want to go necessarily.

"It was almost sort of like the best thing for me at that time. I really just wanted to play bass for someone for awhile and take the stress of being a lead guy off myself, and also it seemed like about the most punk rock thing I could get involved with at the time."

Guns N' Roses

Axl and his band of hired hands play bombastic metal classics of the calibre of 'Welcome to the Jungle', 'November Rain' and 'Paradise City'.

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