Dr Pepper proves its love for Axl Rose; America holds its breath for a can of free soda

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We all have an extreme fondness for "Paradise City," "Welcome to the Jungle," and of course the nine-minutes-of-awesome-rock-ballad that is "November Rain," but we can't say the same for the Guns N' Roses frontman's solo career.

Axl Rose has been working on an album called Chinese Democracy for the past 10 years. Ten years! Who knew? Well, at least one really big fan at Dr Pepper did, because the company announced that everyone in America (sans estranged bandmates Slash and Buckethead) will get a free can of the delicious carbonated concoction if Axl finally drops his album in 2008.

In response to the company's support, Axl himself wrote a response via the Guns N' Roses web site:

"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."

Aw, that Axl -- what a sweetheart.

Keep track of the saga at Dr Pepper's blog! [Star]