Riad N' the Bedouins
Song by Guns N' Roses
Album Chinese Democracy
Released (Album) November 23, 2008
Recorded 1994-2007
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:10
Writers Axl Rose, Tommy Stinson, Robin Finck, Dizzy Reed, Paul Tobias
Label Geffen Records
Producer Axl Rose, Caram Costanzo
Chinese Democracy chronology
8. "Scraped" 9. "Riad N' the Bedouins" 10. "Sorry"

"Riad N' the Bedouins" is the ninth song on Guns N' Roses' 2008 album Chinese Democracy.


"Riad" made its live debut on January 1, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first song from Chinese Democracy to be played live. The other songs played for the first time that night were "Chinese Democracy" and "Street of Dreams". "Oh My God" and "Silkworms" were also played, but neither were included on the album. Since its initial performance, it has only been performed a handful of times on the 2002 tour, and is the only song from Chinese Democracy to not be performed on the 2009-2010 tour.


In October 2009, electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss' record labels, Independiente and Domino, sued Guns N' Roses, claiming that the intro to "Riad" contained portions of his compositions. Brian Caplan, attorney for Domino, stated that they first contacted the Geffen label on the 26th of February. The label "attempted to explain [the samples] away", Caplan told the New York Daily News. "They tried to justify it.". Former Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff stated that "The snippets of 'ambient noise' in question were provided by a member of the album's production team who has assured us that these few seconds of sound were obtained legitimately." and that "While the band resents the implication that they would ever use another artist's work improperly and are assessing possible counterclaims, they are confident this situation will be satisfactorily resolved.". The two labels are seeking $1 million in damages against Geffen for the unauthorized use of the composition samples.


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