Clark Collis
November 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The latest word from the Guns N’ Roses camp is that the release of the band’s long-awaited ‘Chinese Democracy’ is just around the corner. Hoorah! But then, that’s what they said in 2005. And 2004. And…

JUL. 1996
Almost five years after Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I & II albums hit stores, a spokesperson for their label, Geffen, informs the New York Daily News that ”it’s possible to have a Guns record this year.”

DEC. 1999
It is reported that the band’s album, which has been given the title Chinese Democracy, is ”loosely scheduled” for a summer 2000 release.

DEC. 2000
While appearing on radio station KROQ, Guns N’ Roses’ manager Doug Goldstein says that although a release date has yet to be determined, Chinese Democracy could be on shelves as early as June.

MAR. 2003
A posting on Guns N’ Roses’ official website tantalizes fans with the instruction that they should ”stay tuned for news and information on Chinese Democracy coming soon.”

AUG. 2004
Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson reveals to British metal magazine Kerrang! that Chinese Democracy is ”a hair’s breadth from being finished.”

FEB. 2006
Guns N’ Roses’ manager Merck Mercuriadis tells EW Axl Rose is ”almost finished and he’s confident that it will come out this year.” In a radio interview, ex-Guns guitarist Slash says, ”It’s coming out in March.”

OCT. 2006
Mercuriadis reportedly says that there are 10 Tuesdays left before January and that Chinese Democracy ”will come out on one of them.”

NOV. 2006
EW contacts the office of Mercuriadis to confirm whether
Chinese Democracy is still definitely coming out this year. Mercuriadis is unavailable for comment.

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