Radio listeners were rewarded for their years of patience this morning when rock stations across the country added Guns n’ Roses’ official new single “Chinese Democracy” to their playlists. (A few hours later, the band confirmed news of the album’s November 23rd Best Buy arrival — and Dr. Pepper has laid out plans to distribute all that free soda). The track marks the first time a Chinese Democracy song has been officially released to radio, as opposed to leaked. As promised, Axl Rose announces his return with a scream before the full guitar assault shows up. The song is comparable to the leaked versions that have emerged, but even on an Internet stream the sound quality is clearly superior. So was it worth the wait? Listen here and decide for yourself:
After just 24 hours, the band’s reps report that it got a whopping 683 full-length spins on the radio Chinese Democracy, as we told you, will hit Best Buy stores on November 23rd.
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