How Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Reacted To The Offspring’s Failed ’Chinese Democracy’ Prank

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose once opened up about The Offspring’s prank about the album, ‘Chinese Democracy’ during an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s radio show, and apparently, Rose wasn’t annoyed as much as fans would have expected by the band’s joke as he stated that  The Offspring’s joke doesn’t mean anything.

As many of you might recall, ‘Chinese Democracy’ is the sixth studio album by Guns N’ Roses, which was eventually released on November 23, 2008, after a protracted recording process starting from 1997 to 2007 because of legal problems and line-up changes which resulted with costs reportedly exceeding $13 million, it became the most expensive rock album ever produced.

Since the long-awaited album wasn’t anywhere to be found, The Offspring thought it would be a great idea to make a press release announcing ‘Chinese Democracy’ as the title for their upcoming seventh studio album. First intended as nothing but a silly joke came to the band’s mind during recordings, turned into a huge blast.

Here is what the frontman Dexter Holland said:

“When the record’s coming together, you try to seriously think of a title for ten minutes, and then everyone in the band jokes around for the next two hours with ideas like Offspring Bloody Offspring. One day, somebody suggested Chinese Democracy and we couldn’t stop laughing about it.”

Despite the fact that The Offspring frontman stressed that the band’s intention has never been using the title for their album, it started speculation all the way to Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose during an interview back then. Rose was asked about his opinions on Offspring and he simply stated that it doesn’t matter and mean anything to him.

Here is what Rose said:

It doesn’t mean anything. I mean, I’m not saying they don’t mean anything, it just doesn’t matter, you know?”

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