For the band itself:
- Banned in China: Apparently the Chinese Cultural Department has issues with the entirety of Chinese Democracy, despite just the title track bothering them. It's also the basis for a bad joke: Chinese Democracy is banned in China. Also the Guns N Roses album.
- Fake Brit: "Down on the Farm" has Axl attempt an English accent so dire, it makes him a prime contender for the Dick Van Dyke of hard rock.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Good luck trying to acquire an authentic record of their Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP, and that goes triple for the cassette release; count yourself lucky if you pick up an authentic copy (especially of the cassette) for less than a hundredth of what they usually go for (usually triple digits for the vinyl record and quadruple digits for the cassette).
- Never Live It Down:
- Let's just say there's a reason why they only performed "One in a Million" a few times between Appetite for Destruction and G N'R Lies, and not at all after.
- The Riverport Riot, to the point where people associated with the Riverport Amphitheatre and the incident in question are still sore about what had happened and every major venue in the city had blacklisted them. There's still bad blood between GNR and St. Louis today; a commercial being broadcast on KSHE in 2011 was interrupted simply because the music in the background happened to be "Paradise City", and on GNR's official site for their 3D concert film Appetite for Democracy, the state is apparently deliberately misspelt as "Misuri" in the section listing the showtimes.
- One of Us: Slash, who is addicted to Rock Band, is a fan of Phineas and Ferbnote , and designed the GNR pinball machine.
- The Pete Best: The original line-up was Axl, Tracii Guns, Izzy, Ole Beich and Rob Gardner. Yes, only two of them are in the image atop of the main page.
- Retroactive Recognition: A year before the release of the first Blind Melon album, Shannon Hoon contributed backing vocals to six songs on Use Your Illusion I note , where he's credited in the liner notes simply as "Shannon". He's probably most recognizable on "Don't Cry", "You Ain't The First", and "The Garden". The "Don't Cry" video also featured Hoon performing alongside the band.
- Revival by Commercialization: Word has it that the one big push for the release of Chinese Democracy was the inclusion of "Shackler's Revenge" in Rock Band 2. And then later the rest of the album was put up for Downloadable Content. This opens space for some What Could Have Been if Harmonix had not considered them.
- Throw It In: Producer Spencer Proffer suggested adding a breakdown after Slash's solo in "Sweet Child o' Mine". The band agreed, but didn't know what they wanted to do. Axl started saying to himself "Where do we go, where do we go now?" while listening to the demo in a loop. Proffer said he should sing that, and the rest is history.
- Troubled Production: Chinese Democracy, which used lots of money, time, and people.
Bumblefoot: So yeah, the funny thing about making an album, 'cause we were just talking about it before, 'cause people always ask me: "When's the next Guns N' Roses album coming out?" I'm like "2095"! (Proceeds to talk about the process of making an album).
- Chinese Democracy, the musical equivalent of Duke Nukem Forever, took 15 years to be released.
- The music video for the second single, "Better".
- The constant delays for Chinese Democracy eventually led to the fans joking about when the next album will be released. At a clinic in 2013, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, one of the current guitarists, even made fun of this himself!
- What Could Have Been: If the band hadn't essentially disappeared off the face of the planet in the mid-'90s despite being one of music's biggest rock bands at the time, there's no telling just how much bigger they could have become.
- According to Axl, "Chinese Democracy" was done and ready to be released in 1999/2000. They even had enough for a double album. However, when a new producer was brought in, he told Axl that it all needed to be rerecorded. In 2006, Rose remarked that the band had thirty two songs in the works. Come 2008, when the record is finally released, we end up with only fourteen. One has to wonder how the "lost tracks" would have affected the album, especially since there are anywhere from 30-40.
- Additionally, one has to wonder how much more successful the record would have been if it was released when it was intended to be. If the album was released in 2000-2002, the market for it would have been much better, especially with all of the hype. Then you have to consider how different it may have sounded. The final product is the combined work of around a dozen musicians, but how would it have sounded if they had released it in 2001, with the lineup of Rose, Buckethead, Finck, Tobias, Stinson, Brain, Pitman and Reed? Or in 1999/2000, with Rose, Finck, Tobias, Stinson, Freese, Reed and Pitman?
- Also, if the record had been released in a timely manner, Buckethead may have stayed on board. One has to wonder what Guns N' Roses with Buckethead as a mainstay would resulted in.
- Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Axl has been known to threaten this on misbehaving fans.
Axl: [first time around, during "Nightrain"] We have some really fucking stupid people here tonight, who think that throwing stuff at the stage will relate into a better show! It won't happen that way, because we will fucking go home! Don't try me. Now, shall we continue, or shall we go home? OK.
- One time he did follow through on his threat, it didn't end well. Just ask the people of St. Louis.
- An early case of physical projectile-based abuse during a show in Argentina caused him to stop the show twice and threaten to go home if it persisted.
Axl: [second time around, during "You Could Be Mine"] Do you think...? [to the videographer] Camera on this fucker.
[the camera zooms in on the stone Axl is holding while the interpreter offers a Tactful Translation]
Axl: Do you think that this is funny? If you see somebody beside you throwing something, beat the fucking shit out of them! All they are going to do is rip every one of you off! If one of us gets hit by something like this, or if I see someone in the crowd get hit by someone... something like this, unfortunately the show will be over. We want to have a nice time tonight. We don't want anyone to get hurt—any of you, any of our crew, any of the people working the show, or ourselves. This... could hurt someone real fucking bad. This will be the last time I talk about this. We'll try one more time. Thank you.
Interpreter: Somos amigos, no enemigos.
[Axl gives the stone to a crewman]
Axl: [to the crewman] Save that.
- Write Who You Know: Three in their debut, "My Michelle" (a friend of Axl), "Sweet Child o' Mine" (his then-girlfriend) and "Rocket Queen" (a girl who Axl knew and wanted to have a band by this name).
For the pinball game:
- Cut Song: "Ain't Going Down," which was cut from the Use Your Illusion album and debuts here instead.
- Designed by Band Member: The original idea and initial layout for the game came from Slash himself, who is a major pinball fan and collector.
"You know, there hasn't been a good rock 'n' roll [pinball] machine in, like, 15 years... I thought, well, Guns is a well-enough known name that we could probably do one. So I started drawing out the game, then I started sketching, writing down the rules..."—Slash, Rip magazine, January 1995
- Executive Meddling: Discussed by Slash, who said he took his proposal to Data East over the larger Williams Electronics to avoid this trope.
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