By Amy Ryan
October 23, 2008 at 08:17 PM EDT

Now that Chinese Democracy is rilly for reelz coming out in stores next month, Dr Pepper plans to make good on its offer to give a free soda to everyone in America if Axl Rose managed to get the album released before the end of 2008. “We neverthought this day would come,” said Tony Jacobs, vice president ofmarketing for Dr Pepper, in a press release. (Neither did we, Tony, neither did we.) “But now that it’s here all we can say is: The DrPepper’s on us.”

Not that the pop bottler is going to deliver a soda to everyone’s doorstep. To get your free beverage, you have to have Internet access. On Nov. 23, the day of the CD’s scheduled release, you can go to and register for a coupon to be mailed to you (coupons will be available online only for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 a.m. ET). Once it arrives, in four to six weeks, redeem it for a free 20-ounce bottle of Dr Pepper at any store that carries the drink in that size. Coupons will expire on Feb. 28, 2009, by which date you’ll have had plenty of time to listen to Axl’s long-gestating opus and decide whether or not it requires a soda to make the listening experience complete.

Show of hands: Who’s going to buy Chinese Democracy? Who’s going to take Dr Pepper up on its offer? Who plans to do both?

More on Chinese Democracy:
Guns N’ Roses confirms Chinese Democracy‘s Nov. 23 release date
Vote for or against GN’R’s “Chinese Democracy” single
Dr Pepper’s Chinese Democracy soda giveaway offer
Axl Rose responds to Dr Pepper’s Chinese Democracy offer
Break out the bubbly! Axl delivers on Chinese Democracy (maybe)
Can Chinese Democracy live up to more than a decade’s worth of expecations?

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