Dr Peppers All Around If GNR Finishes 17-Year Album

Creative process rings bell as soda-maker promises can for each American
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 12:05 PM CDT
Axl Rose, lead singer for the band Guns N' Roses.   (AP Photo/ Beth Keiser)
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(Newser) – Not only will Guns N’ Roses fans rejoice if Axl Rose and company deliver “Chinese Democracy” in 2008—they’ll also be sipping a free can of Dr Pepper, the New York Post reports. The soda-maker promises every American a free can if the 1980s rock icons complete their 17-year-old project before the year is through.

Well, perhaps not every American, the company cautions: Guitarists Slash and Buckethead—long at odds with Rose—won’t be getting any gifts no matter what, the Post says. But Dr Pepper is being careful not to antagonize Rose: "It took a little patience to perfect Dr Pepper's special mix of 23 ingredients … so we completely understand and empathize with Axl's quest for perfection."