If Axl Rose can’t finish Chinese Democracy (the follow-up to the 1991 Guns and Roses collection Use Your Illusion) by the end of the year, he’ll have more than just enraged Guns fans to deal with. He’ll also have angry soda drinkers who will miss out on a free swig of DP.

Dr Pepper’s Jaxie Alt said “Axl’s quest for perfection” was understandable.

The company said in an “unprecedented show of solidarity with Axl, everyone in America, except estranged guitarists Slash and Buckethead” would receive a free can of the drink.

Axl was a good sport about the album’s delayed climax.

In a statement on the group’s website, Rose said: “We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr Pepper with our album Chinese Democracy.”

Rose said: “As some of Buckethead’s performances are on our album, I’ll share my Dr Pepper with him.”

Considering PR folks have never been this clever and Axl has never been this tempered, I’m guessing this is a pre-planned cross-marketing campaign.

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