12/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dr. Pepper Vs. Axl Rose In War Of Hype

It took Axl Rose 14 years to complete the latest Guns N' Roses album. But it took his lawyers only two days to take Dr Pepper to task for not making good on a promise of free soda to "everyone in America" in celebration.

In March the manufacturer made headlines by saying it would give out cans of its 123-year-old soft drink if the album, "Chinese Democracy," came out by the end of the year. That was by no means a sure proposition, since Mr. Rose had failed to meet so many deadlines over the years that the album had become the music industry's most notorious (and expensive) shaggy-dog story.

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