Guns N’ Roses insider says Chinese Democracy is a ‘slow burner’
Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album might not be flying out of the shops (or getting as much airplay) as anticipated – but an insider close to the band’s camp still views the record as a long-term winner.
Bob Chiappardi, the New York City-based CEO of Concrete Marketing, has worked with Guns N’ Roses since the Live Like A Suicide EP.
Chiappardi said: “We all expected a situation with the numbers falling off. First off, it’s not in every record store in the country, which doesn’t help.
“But I hope it’s going to follow the same kind of life of the Kid Rock record, where songs keep coming – then we’ll have really good numbers by summer.”
Radio’s resistance to the title cut is “disappointing,” admitted Chiappardi, but he believes that several of the album’s ballads “are going to come through. Maybe not on a November Rain basis, but there’s some tracks there.”
Chiappardi added, bizarrely: “The record is like a unicorn – there’s a legend around it. It’s hard to explain. I think once the smoke clears, it’ll rise to the top.”
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Meantime, Chris Pitman, one of the keyboard players in Guns N’ Roses, has a new side project called SexTapes.
SexTapes describe themselves as a cross between Jane’s Addiction, Led Zeppelin and Queen.
Pitman – along with Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed – was one of the three keyboard players on Chinese Democracy. Pitman album co-wrote Chinese Democracy’s song If The World, which also featured in the movie Body Of Lies.
You can check out SexTapes’ MySpace site here.