well no promotion has turned them/him into a joke.
as a fan, I agree because I want him to be at least a little more respected than he is. I think he's slightly misunderstood and proper promotion would have healed at least a little of that.
But as an artist, I honestly don't care how successful the record was or wasn't. Art isn't supposed to be about promotion. Self-satisfaction is really the only important part.
I'm also kind of glad the record sort-of failed cause I think he should'nt of kept the GnR name and should have just moved on to something new entirely once he was the only original member left. Either that or release the record a few years earlier so that it would've still been relevant. I think even music videos could NEVER of fixed that.