I've been thinking about this a lot lately and in truth if slash would have played on cd, here is how I think it all would have went down. The album wouod have been released somewhere between 98-02. The fan base would have been happier because it would be more of a true guns n' roses album, but it still wouldn't have been all that successful. It prolly would have sold pretty well, bit it would have been considered a failer when compared to previous efforts, and that has nothing to do with content, just based on sales. The world was different during that time. Can you name a single band that existed before 1990 that released anything good during that time? No!!! That was the age of newmetal. A guns n' roses album wouldnt of gotten any kind of radio play by any rock stations, they were all pumping limp bizkit and papa roach during that time. So the album might have been great in terms of quality but it would have gotten lost in the shuffel much like cd did. The big difference is now gnr have gained classic rock status, which they wouldnt of had then. Basically what I'm saying is axl, slash, and duff would have put out another album but it would have failed, gnr would have broke up, axl hides in his house for ten years, and gnr dies a slow painful death. At least this way gnr has continued, maybe not how everyone wants, but at lwast their is a guns n roses. I love led zeppeiln, but it sucks because zeppelin are dead. No more music, no more shows, nothing, silence. At least I can still go and see guns n roses.