Axl Outraged by Dr Pepper Promo Fizzle
Fury over 'exploitation' of fans in promo that offers free drinks linked to album release
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 2:33 AM CST
Bottles of Dr Pepper on a store shelf. Axl Rose is threatening to sue over a promotion that went wrong.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
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(Newser) – Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is furious about a nationwide soft-drink giveaway linked to the band's latest album that went bad, reports E! Online. In a promo not authorized by the band, Dr Pepper offered free 20-ounce bottles if Guns N' Roses' new album was released in 2008. But so many people demanded coupons online that the company's website crashed. Rose's attorney condemned the "raw exploitation" that was an "unmitigated disaster which defrauded customers."