Chinese Democracy history:
The New York Times publishes a detailed article about the making of Chinese Democracy, claiming that it cost $13 million to make, which is later refuted by the bands then manager. The album's prospects feel dim.
The world outside of Chinese Democracy:
The Osbournes and Star Trek: Enterprise come to an end. Million Dollar Baby is named best picture, and the Grammys are Guns N Roses-less again, with Ray Charles winning for Genius Loves Company.