Axl Rose responds to Dr Pepper's 'Chinese Democracy' offer

Axl Rose has come out of hiding the recording studio to respond to Dr Pepper’s offer to donate a can of the fizzy soft drink to everyone in America — save Slash and Buckethead — should Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, now in its 13th year of gestation, see the light of day in ’08. The dreadlocked rocker issued a press release that was posted on the GN’R website yesterday:

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 Buckethead’s performances are on our album, I’ll share my Dr Pepper with him.

So… is this a yes, Axl? We can expect to see Chinese Democracy in 2008? Here’s a clock you can use to chart your progress.

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  • Stacey

    OK, if you insist on covering this ridiculousness, at least PLEASE spell Dr Pepper correctly! There is no period after Dr in the proper name of the company.

  • Stephanie T.

    So Buckheads performances are still going to be on the album eventhough the new guitarist is Bumblefoot?

  • Cara

    He seems so hilariously bemused! I’m not sure he gets the joke :)

  • Catherine

    Does anyone care anymore??? But I must admit I like Dr.Pepper humour!

  • SJ

    Damn. Now I want a Dr Pepper.

  • Dtom

    Um, I think this is a “no”. If Axl is going to share his Dr Pepper (happy, Stacey?) with Buckethead, then he’s implying that the album won’t be released by the end of 2008. Makes no difference to me, though. I stopped caring about Guns n’ Roses about 14 years ago.

  • EP Sato

    I too stopped caring about them. But they’re one of those bands I keep hoping will make a comeback. But now, the free Dr Pepper initiative makes me really want this album to be released.
    Wouldn’t Axl like to be a Pepper too?

  • Ames

    Two points: 1. Axl actually spoke intelligibly. Granted, it was probably a press agent, but I assumed he’d just trash a hotel room when he heard about this.
    2. Dr. Pepper must be a fun place to work. Who thought of this? And how did they get something so clever past middle management?

  • Stephanie T.

    I’m an Axel,he’s an Axel, wouldn’t you like to be an Axel too?

  • Snsetblaze

    I laughed so hard at some of the poster’s comments that I choked on my doctor paper and it came out through my nose. (Just kidding. Well not about the laughing part.)

  • Snsetblaze

    “doctor paper” oops. I meant Dr. Pepper. I should not try to joke anymore.

  • Colin

    I think there might actually be democracy in China before this album comes out.

  • t3hdow

    HAHA Colin. I often come to that exact realization.

  • To Dtom

    I think it means the oppostite… if he’s going to share his Dr Pepper with Buckethead wouldn’t it mean he’s going to have a Dr Pepper that he’d only get by releasing the album in ’08? Am I misunderstanding something here?

  • JoeC

    Good one, Stephanie T! How about these lyrics, set to the tune of Paradise City: ‘Take me down to Dr. Pepper City/ Where the taste is good/And the Aftertaste ain’t any/Oh won’t you please take me hoooooooooooooooome, chug-alug?

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