Posted in music on November 28, 2008

Dr Pepper

Guns N' Roses' and Axl Rose's lawyer has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen) free soda promotion, which the band was never involved in.

Beverly Hills-based Alan Gutman has written to Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. president and CEO Larry Young, accusing the company of operating an online redemption scheme that was an "unmitigated disaster which defrauded customers." Gutman is demanding that Dr Pepper makes good on its offer by extending the period for the offer; he also wants full-page apologies in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Gutman's letter makes clear his view that the original campaign was an "exploitation of my clients' legendary reputation and their eagerly awaited album" and "brazenly violated our clients' rights." He is also seeking an "appropriate payment... for the unauthorized use and abuse of their publicity and intellectual property rights," with the threat of further action if an acceptable offer is not made.

"Now is the time to clean up the mess," says Gutman. [Billboard]

Wired says, "Anyone who goes to the site now looking for their free soda due to Chinese Democracy being released is greeted by the normal front page of, which contains no visible mention of the high-profile giveaway. If you didn't register for your soda in the first two days the album was on sale, you're out of luck, unless Gutman succeeds in forcing DR Pepper to extend the deadline again."

A video someone made while camping out at Best Buy on Chinese Democracy's release day, below...

Camped Out For GN'R's Chinese Democracy



Comments (15)

all i wanted was a pepsi.

Posted by stephenkv. | November 28, 2008 9:36 AM


Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 9:39 AM

congrats assholes on getting your album the day it came out. everyone else who wanted it already had it downloaded weeks earlier.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 9:43 AM

@ stephenkv
well played ... well played

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 10:37 AM

can I get the berries and cream Dr. Pepper?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 10:43 AM

You gotta pay the troll toll to get into this boy's hole, you gotta pay the troll toll to get in.

Posted by Troll Toll | November 28, 2008 12:26 PM

here's your toll, Troll. Hssssssssssss


Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 12:40 PM

I think public apology in the newspapers is a bit much.

Posted by Eating Out Vegan Menu | November 28, 2008 2:02 PM

i'm a pepper

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 8:31 PM

Goddamnit! GODDAMNIT! I could've used that free Dr. Pepper. This whole thing is one big goddamn fucking mess and someone's ass had better fry for this. FUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKK!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2008 2:23 AM

at least nobody got trampled to death when Best Buy opened on Guns N Roses' release day

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 2:10 AM

That is a band I think you all might like. It is their new ep leak, I included the cover and everything. They recently opened the Psychic TV CD/DVD release party.

Their name is Darling's Cabinet of Sundry Horror, and its kind of like gothic folk/protopunk/indie/circus music, For fans of the birtday party and the violent femmes, and maybe even marilyn manson or Tom waits.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 10:38 AM

dr pepper should give up them free drinks they bet

Posted by top rap songs | November 30, 2008 9:26 PM

mr. pibbs > dr. pepper

dr. pepper > chinese democracy

chinese democracy = wgaf

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2008 10:36 PM

somebody better... FIX IT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 11:02 AM

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