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« on: January 14, 2023, 04:50:11 PM »

What does the name of the Album Chinese Democracy mean?
What did Axl want to communicate through this name?
Does it have to do with the songs?
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2023, 05:22:47 PM »

Just a guess why he chose that.

Axl said the song was inspired by a movie about a famous Chinese person who was trying to bring about political change in China.  People helped the guy escape and as he turned to wave good bye to them, he knew they would all be killed for helping him escape.  So basically, Axl is trying to change GNR with CD.  He knows the replacements musicians are going to figuratively get killed for not being Slash and everybody else.  He knows the music is going to be highly criticized for not being like the old music.  And he knows he is going into asylum.

Something like that.  It's not all clear in the mind but it's a connection.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2023, 05:57:46 PM »

Just a guess why he chose that.

Axl said the song was inspired by a movie about a famous Chinese person who was trying to bring about political change in China.  People helped the guy escape and as he turned to wave good bye to them, he knew they would all be killed for helping him escape.  So basically, Axl is trying to change GNR with CD.  He knows the replacements musicians are going to figuratively get killed for not being Slash and everybody else.  He knows the music is going to be highly criticized for not being like the old music.  And he knows he is going into asylum.

Something like that.  It's not all clear in the mind but it's a connection.
Thank you, I liked this interpretation.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2023, 06:18:07 PM »

Just a guess why he chose that.

Axl said the song was inspired by a movie about a famous Chinese person who was trying to bring about political change in China.  People helped the guy escape and as he turned to wave good bye to them, he knew they would all be killed for helping him escape.  So basically, Axl is trying to change GNR with CD.  He knows the replacements musicians are going to figuratively get killed for not being Slash and everybody else.  He knows the music is going to be highly criticized for not being like the old music.  And he knows he is going into asylum.

Something like that.  It's not all clear in the mind but it's a connection.

it is also notorious to see that Axl went back to the fashion and style of the original GNR line up, since it was the most succesful encarnation of the band.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2023, 10:03:15 PM »

Just a guess why he chose that.

Axl said the song was inspired by a movie about a famous Chinese person who was trying to bring about political change in China.  People helped the guy escape and as he turned to wave good bye to them, he knew they would all be killed for helping him escape.  So basically, Axl is trying to change GNR with CD.  He knows the replacements musicians are going to figuratively get killed for not being Slash and everybody else.  He knows the music is going to be highly criticized for not being like the old music.  And he knows he is going into asylum.

Something like that.  It's not all clear in the mind but it's a connection.
Thank you, I liked this interpretation.

That may not have been his original thoughts but that's kind of how it played out.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2023, 10:32:51 AM »

Just a guess why he chose that.

Axl said the song was inspired by a movie about a famous Chinese person who was trying to bring about political change in China.  People helped the guy escape and as he turned to wave good bye to them, he knew they would all be killed for helping him escape.  So basically, Axl is trying to change GNR with CD.  He knows the replacements musicians are going to figuratively get killed for not being Slash and everybody else.  He knows the music is going to be highly criticized for not being like the old music.  And he knows he is going into asylum.

Something like that.  It's not all clear in the mind but it's a connection.
Thank you, I liked this interpretation.

That may not have been his original thoughts but that's kind of how it played out.

thank you
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