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GNR’s Hollywood Album Release Party

What if you released a record after a 15-year wait and nobody showed up?'s intrepid Axl fan Ben Lashes investigates.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // November 26, 2008

Sunday morning, Guns N’ Roses fans’ undying dedication to their holy grail, Chinese Democracy, was rewarded when the album — after 15 years and countless delays and doubtful bets — finally arrived via an exclusive deal with retailer Best Buy.

To document the historic event, sent Axl fan and all around funny guy Ben Lashes — frontman of Seattle punk band the Lashes — to the center of the GNR storm: a Hollywood Best Buy, where he surveyed the scene on the release day of music’s most-anticipated album ever. Watch his report below.

Watch: Ben Lashes on the scene