Dr Pepper extends ‘Chinese Democracy’ free drink offer

Massive demand for free soda crashes website

Drinks company Dr Pepper have extended their ‘Chinese Democracy’-related offer of a free soda until 6pm EST today (November 24), after massive demand crashed the company’s servers on release day yesterday (November 23).

In March, the drinks company announced it would give a free Dr Pepper soft drink to everyone in the United States if Guns N’ Roses released their long-awaited ‘Chinese Democracy’ album this year.

Guns N’ Roses had been working on the album since 1994, and it finally came out in the US on Sunday.


In addition to extending the free drinks offer, during which consumers were invited to apply for a coupon online, the company also increased its server capacity and added a toll-free number – 1-888-DRPEPPER.

However, despite the additional server space, the site still remained largely inaccessible today.

According to a Dr Pepper press release, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarists Slash and Buckethead “are not eligible for free soda”.

–By our New York staff.

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