Dr. Pepper is making good on their promise for a free bottle of their soda for every American (save for Slash and Buckethead) because Axl Rose has finally finished his opus Chinese Democracy.
It's been 17 years since the last Guns N' Roses record, a time that has spanned my entire teenage years and if it was coming out exactly two months later, my twenties. But starting tomorrow, you can go to your local Best Buy and actually buy Chinese Democracy.
I loved the idea of Dr. Pepper giving away a bottle of pop to every man, woman and child (again, this excludes Slash and Buckethead) but the hoops you have to jump through (like, I guess, having to go to a Best Buy for Chinese Democracy) seem anti-climactic and a complete letdown.
Here's the steps if you want to claim your free Dr. Pepper:
1. On the Nov. 23, 2008 release date, go to http://www.drpepper.com
2. Register your information to receive a coupon for one free 20-oz. Dr Pepper.
3. When your coupon arrives, redeem it wherever Dr Pepper is sold.
4. Drink your Dr Pepper slowly to experience all 23 flavors. Dr's orders.
Coupons will be available for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 23, 2008. Allow 4-6 weeks for coupon to arrive. Coupons will expire on Feb. 28, 2009. Limit one coupon per person. Full terms and conditions available at http://www.drpepper.com.
Right now (the day before the album's official release), there's no mention of Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy or anything similar and the only thing listed under "promotions" says "FOOTBALL 1:6 WINS" on drpepper.com. It's like they don't even want people to know about it.