Ok, from the "what the hell?" files a few days ago Dr. Pepper who spent much of the 1970's asking folks if they'd like to "be a pepper too" (hey, where is David Naughton anyway?) has decided that we've all been waiting to damn long for Guns N Roses 12 years in the making album "Chinese Democracy."
To wit, the following press release:
March 26, 2008 -- TIRED of a world in which Americans idolize wannabe singers, and where musicals about high school students pass as rock 'n' roll, Dr Pepper is begging Axl Rose to finally release this year his 17-years-in-the-making album, "Chinese Democracy." The soft drink company's incentive to Axl, the frontman of Guns N' Roses? If he ships the album in 2008, everyone in America - except estranged guitarists Slash and Buckethead - will receive a free can of Dr Pepper. "It took a little patience for us to perfect Dr Pepper's special mix of 23 ingredients, so we completely understand and empathize with Axl's question for the perfect album," said a company spokesperson. Dr Pepper is asking fans to lobby Axl to drop the album already.
OK, so that's cute and kind of funny and all but apparently someone in Axl's camp got it to him and here his response:
We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr. Pepper with our album Chinese Democracy as for us this came totally out of the blue. If there is any involvement with this promotion by our record company or others we are unaware of such at this time. And as some of Bucketheadâs performances are on our album Iâll share my Dr. Pepper with him.
Aww, ain't that nice, he's gonna share with Buckethead?
But screw Slash, eh?