Dr Pepper to deliver on Chinese Democracy promise

Chinese Democracy and Dr Pepper go together
Chinese Democracy and Dr Pepper go together

Don't cry. Come Sunday, the Dr Pepper will be flowing like November Rain. When Chinese Democracy finally goes on sale, the soft-drink maker is making good on its promise of free soda for everyone in America.

Back in March, the Dr Pepper people said they would offer free fizzy stuff if Axl dropped his infamously delayed Guns N' Roses album in 2008. Back then, the likelihood of seeing Chinese Democracy on the shelves seemed remote.

But now that day of reckoning is upon us, and according to the Associated Press, the drinks company isn't welching.

"We never thought this day would come," Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "But now that it's here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."

Here's how it works

Obtaining one's free can of Dr Pepper has to be done in a timely fashion. Beginning this Sunday (23 November) at 12.01am, coupons for a free 20-ounce soda will be available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper's website. That's it - 24 hours. If you're late, no Pepper for you. Coupons will be honored until 28 February 2009.

What about Slash and Buckethead?

Interestingly, when the offer was first announced, guitarist Slash and Buckethead would not be eligible for free soda. Later it was said that Buckethead could cash in since his playing appears on Chinese Democracy. In the statement just released, no mention is made of either guitarist.

Slash, ol' buddy, we'll slide you some. No problem.

Read MusicRadar's review of Chinese Democracy.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.