Wal-Mar to Bring About Chinese Democracy

Well, not quite. But it’s heavily rumored that the insanely long-awaited Guns ‘N’ Roses album will be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart in CD format and be available for Christmas. (They missed a major tie-in with this year’s Olympics in China, though. Ha!) GnR is now managed by Irving Azoff, who also represents The Eagles, whose last album was a Wal-Mart exclusive, which has given flight to the rumors. (Best Buy is also said to be in the running.)

It’s a testament to the enduring power of the band’s 1987 seminal debut, Appetite for Destruction, that people still care for a band who hasn’t released a studio album of new material in almost two decades (1991’s Use You Illusion I & II), while buzz bands and hipster darlings from less than 5 years ago have already been consigned to the Where Are They Now? heap. Damn.