As I mentioned before, this looks to be a monster year for new releases. Bauhaus, Hot Chip, Siouxsie, and Magnetic Fields have new records out with Cut Copy, The Kills, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Nick Cave and Ladytron with soon to be released records…and a new Jesus and Mary Chain track to boot. I might not be exaggerating by conjecturing that the releases of the first four months of 2008 are already better than the sum of those that came out of 2007. Of course when it comes to talk of highly anticipated releases, the ghostly specter of Axl Roses releasing the fabled Chinese Democracy always adds some electricity to the proceedings. There have been many attempts to get the album out, but the good people at Dr. Pepper are raising the stakes considerably by promising every mortal in the U. S. of A a can of Dr. Pepper if Chinese Democracy is released. To keep the pressure on Axl for a 2008 release, we at TSOI believe that posting a live version of a track that will likely be on the new album at this very moment just might tip the scales and finally force Axl into action and release that album.
This track was recorded during the 2006 Chinese Democracy Tour when it was last expected that the album release was deemed imminent. The notable aspects of this show was that the line-up featured a guitarist from NIN and Tommy Stinson of the Replacements fame as well as appearances by Kid Rock, Sebastian Bach as well as Izzy Stradlin on guitar on a few songs – the first time that the two shared a stage in 15 years. This is a live cut of “Madagascar” that is expected to be released on Chinese Democracy.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20080403/GNR-Madagascar.mp3|titles=Madagascar (Live)|artists=Guns N’ Roses]
Download: Guns N’ Roses – Madagascar (Live)