On Thursday, March 29 at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST, a full-length, studio-quality version of the GUNS N' ROSES song "Madagascar" was leaked onto the Internet.
The track, clocking in at 5:41, was released as the result of some "cunning" work by a well-known forum member.
Many fans initially speculated that the track was a fake. However this theory was dispelled by GN'R guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who revealed that the recording was "not an album cut, but an old demo."
"Madagascar", which GUNS N' ROSES premiered at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, is expected to appear on the band's long-overdue new CD, "Chinese Democracy".
"Chinese Democracy" is the first GUNS N' ROSES album since the 1993 covers collection "The Spaghetti Incident". In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides singer Axl Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.
Longtime GUNS N' ROSES associate Del James revealed in a recent online posting that "Chinese Democracy" is currently in the "mixing" stage.
GUNS N' ROSES will headline South Africa's My Coke Festival in Johannesburg on April 27 and Cape Town on May 1. The band will also perform in Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.