Do you know where you are?

The week is off to a wonderful start.

I thought it might not get any better than Sunday’s conversion to Blu-Ray, but today’s news (albeit slightly dated since it was announced Friday, but since I didn’t see it until this morning, it’s new to me) is a gift from the rock and/or roll gods.

The long-anticipated Guns N’ Roses album finally has an official release date.

In case you didn’t quite grasp that, I repeat, the long-anticipated Guns N’ Roses album finally has an official release date.

Guns. N. Fuckin’. Roses.

While I don’t expect Chinese Democracy to be the masterpiece of Appetite for Destruction or the flawed but captivating experience of the Use Your Illusion albums, I’m still ready for what Axl and his rotating band of studio musicians have in store. After hearing snippets of the album live two years ago, I have to say it sounded pretty damn good, and recent blurbs from magazines like Rolling Stone indicate Chinese Democracy might, in fact, by the real deal.

Here’s what had to say about the upcoming release:

More than a decade after its conception, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” will finally see the light of day before year’s end, sources close to the situation confirm to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.

Beyond enticing pre-Thanksgiving shoppers, the move is tied to the structure of Best Buy’s sales week, which runs from Sunday to Saturday. As such, “Chinese Democracy” would not be eligible to chart on The Billboard 200 until the week of Dec. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In the run-up to release date, album track “Shackler’s Revenge” will debut in the video game “Rock Band 2,” while a portion of “If the World” is playing over the end credits in the new Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crowe film “Body of Lies.”

In addition, GNR’s seminal 1987 debut, “Appetite for Destruction,” will be reissued on vinyl on Oct. 28 via Interscope.

The band’s last new studio albums were the simultaneously released “Use Your Illusion I” and “II” in September 1991. A covers set, “The Spaghetti Incident?,” followed in 1993, and featured some of the last GNR recordings from original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

This spring, soft drink manufacturer Dr Pepper offered to send a free can of the beverage to “everyone in America” (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead) if “Chinese Democracy” were to arrive anytime during the calendar year 2008.

“We’re waiting to hear about ‘Chinese Democracy’ just like all the other GNR fans,” Dr Pepper VP of marketing Tony Jacobs tells Billboard. “But if the rumors are true, we’re putting the Dr Pepper on ice.”


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