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27 November 2008

Axl Rose vs. Dr. Pepper; 50 Cent vs. Taco Bell “The redemption scheme your company clumsily implemented for this offer was an unmitigated disaster which defrauded consumers and, in the eyes of vocal fans, ‘ruined’ the day of ’Chinese Democracy’s’ release,” Gutman wrote. “Now it is time to clean up the mess.”
Guns 'n Roses still has "vocal fans"?
posted by loiseau 27 November | 00:47

Well, I'm a vocal fan of Chuck Klosterman reviews of Chinese Democracy, both before and after it was released.
posted by lukemeister 27 November | 00:54
Geez, talk about being pissy. I guess we can litigate everything to death anymore.
posted by eekacat 27 November | 09:23
What do Axl Rose, Dr. Pepper, 50 Cent and Taco Bell have in common?

I'm hoping somebody else has a good punchline, because all I can think of is 'They're mainly popular among teenagers and ex-teenagers.'

Speaking of that--I think there are quite a few musical groups that, if you didn't get into 'em when you were a teen, it's almost certainly not going to happen. How often does an adult start listening to (for example) the Misfits, or the Smiths? Who else is like that?
posted by box 27 November | 11:35
Considering the huge sacks of money Axl is getting from Best Buy for the exclusive US rollout of this album, I think his/his lawyer's concern is probably rested more in how GnR is not getting paid in the Dr Pepper promotion. His fans' inability to get a bottle of sugar (er HFCS) is probably the least of his concerns. I thought it was a funny promotion at the time but if you're going to make a promise to give everyone a free soda, you have to make sure you can fulfill that promise.
posted by birdherder 27 November | 12:09
I missed out on the whole thing (not that it's a big deal to get a free soda, but I do like Dr. Pepper). My impression of Guns N' Roses went up as a result of the Dr. Pepper promotion, and I even considered buying the album to see what all the fuss was about.

Hearing that he's suing Dr. Pepper makes me cancel that idea. Dr. Pepper has a wider appeal, I think, than Guns N' Roses. Dr. Pepper's promotion probably induced a lot of interest in the album outside of Guns N' Roses's normal fan base. I think he should pay Dr. Pepper for the free publicity. I think Dr. Pepper should counter sue for raising consciousness of the album.
posted by Doohickie 27 November | 22:56
Meh to Axl. The suit is just a publicity stunt. This is an album that only appeals to nostalgics put out by someone who used to be, a long long time ago, a top seller, and sold by a store struggling to stave off bankruptcy. It will sell big the first week and then drop by at least 40% the next. By Christmas it will be moving 4 digit numbers. Any media noise is good noise.
posted by arse_hat 28 November | 00:20
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