By Adrienne Day
March 27, 2008 at 08:33 PM EDT

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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