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).
Let's just say there's a reason why they only performed "One in a Million" a few times between Appetite for Destruction and GNR 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 filmAppetite for Democracy, the state is apparently deliberately misspelt as "Misuri" in the section listing the showtimes.
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 Inote Plus the "alternate lyrics" version of "Don't Cry" from Use Your Illusion II, if you count that as a separate song, 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.
Throw It In: "Sweet Child O'Mine" was written in one sitting on the back of a bus. As nobody wrote anything for the aftermath of Slash's solo, they lampshaded the situation instead of writing another verse : "Where do we go, where do we go now?"
Chinese Democracy, the musical equivalent to 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!
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).
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.
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).
Directed by Cast 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..."