Guns N' Roses planning stadium tour

Can Axl put butts lots of em in seats this summer
Can Axl put butts - lots of 'em - in seats this summer?

With Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy stalled at number 137 on the US Billboard chart, you'd suspect Axl Rose might be thinking 'club tour.' But according to industry insiders, Rose is plotting a worldwide stadium trek this summer.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rose's manager, Irving Azoff, hinted at possible dates but offered no specifics.

"Axl has been basically quiet, keeping out of the limelight for almost 15 years," he said. "People think they know him but they only really only know what has been said about him by questionable people."

Axl's a "good guy," says manager

"We have some exciting things in the works this year for GN'R. I'm looking forward to it" Irving Azoff, Guns N' Roses' manager

"He is a good guy and often misunderstood," Azoff continued. "He is a professional who has worked very hard to build and maintain a high creative standard for Guns N' Roses, which I support. We have some exciting things in the works this year for GN'R. I'm looking forward to it."

Whether Guns N' Roses can fill stadiums this summer - remember, we're going to have U2 and Bruce Springsteen out there as well - is a serious point of contention. Since its release, the much-hyped, much-delayed and mucho costly Chinese Democracy has racked up anemic sales.

Plus, nobody even knows who's in the band. When asked recently to name the members of the current GN'R lineup, Rose said, "I think we'll go with a combo of who's around and who's on the album for now and worry about that when we get ready to tour."

Not exactly the kind of statement that gets ticket-buyers pulling out their credit cards.