We are on exactly the same page, based on your post. Why not an occasional status on his own freaking website! An occasional update is not too much to ask. I 've said it before and I'll say it again. Tell us what/or who the problem is, and the people involved will get so much hate mail, death threats, etc. it will take the heat off Axl and put pressure on the people holding up the album release. In the old days Axl would go off on the people that were screwing with him. Why not do the same now. Let the fans put some pressure on the problem.
Tell us if it's the record company.
Tell us if it's past member lawsuits.
Just my opinion, but Axl owes the fans an occasional piece of his mind.