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Axl Rose sues Activision for $20 million

Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose is suing Activision for $20 million dollars for the alleged misuse of the band's songs in 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

The lawsuit filed to Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, claims that Activision failed to live up to its promise of excluding any and all references to Rose's estranged band mate Slash from the game in exchange for permission to use Guns N' Roses' iconic song, 'Welcome to the Jungle.' Of course, as gamers well know, Slash was featured prominently in the game, even coming in as a 'boss' character, tall hat and all.

"[Activision] began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and VR prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song 'Welcome to the Jungle,' " reads an excerpt from the complaint.

 

“This lawsuit is about protecting Guns N’ Roses and 'Welcome to the Jungle' and is about holding Activision accountable for its misuse of these incredibly valuable assets," says Rose’s lawyer Skip Miller. “The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages.”

Over and above Rose's somewhat delayed response to Guitar Hero III's inclusion of Guns N' Roses' former lead guitarist, the suit also claims that Activision owes Rose for its unlicensed use of the song 'Sweet Child O' Mine' to promote Guitar Hero III, claiming that he had only signed off on its use in Guitar Hero II.

Nov 24, 2010

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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23 comments

  • xlonenobodyx - November 26, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    As much as my interest lacks in the Guitar Hero franchise now-a-day, Activision, Go kick some courtroom as cause this is a complete load of bullock being thrown at you from a whole lot of stupid.
  • CharlieFockstrot - November 26, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    Good luck to him, I don't think it's greed on his part, If they lied to him and did the exact opposite of what he asked, then screw them.
  • DarthCockels - November 25, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Cool, legal slap fight of the greedy shit bags. Fuck them both.
  • ShaneCedt - November 25, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    Axl sues somebody, whoa
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - November 25, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    Kotick vs Cock Dick Rose Is Axl gonna tell them to "Get in the Ring"? He's pathetic
  • lovinmyps3 - November 25, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    I'm no fan of Activision, but fuck Axl Rose. Douche.
  • Tronto13 - November 25, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    more proof that axl rose is a complete douche
  • Syncmaster - November 24, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    well, if that was in the contract, fuck Activision, its well deserved. Slash is in the freaking cover of the game
  • kilamic - November 24, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Funny thing is all this happens after his "new" album TANKED! He just needs the money for botox... I guess that's what happened to his face.
  • Crabhand - November 24, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Good thing he waited three years to say something, well beyond the point when Guitar Hero III was relevant.
  • clones - November 24, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I find this hilarious everything Axl does is just funny to me I think it's good that he's suing Activision
  • tomthespesh - November 24, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    Hmm two things I dislike greatly. Axl Rose is a dick for being and hour late when headlining Reading festival this year (also he's the only original member of Guns 'n' Roses left in the band) and Activision a big evil company. Still it doesn't surprise me he's only just realised this, he does seem a bit behind now and blames alot of it on sleeping (or so he says it was the reason he was an hour late at Reading and half hour late at Leeds).
  • DanAmrich - November 24, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    Them: "You know where you are?" Axl: "YOU'RE IN THE JUNGLE BABY!" Them: "Actually, no, Mr. Rose, this is a court of law; please lower your voice."
  • etherealshadow - November 24, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Axel Rose vs. Bobby Kotick - Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll just kill each other in the lawsuit.... if only.
  • farsided - November 24, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    As much as I dislike Axl Rose, I hope he wins.
  • oryandymackie - November 24, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    Axl Rose v. Bobby Kotick - bring it on.
  • Felixthecat - November 24, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    This is Axl Rose being Axl Rose. The man has always been one of the biggest twats in the music industry.
  • JohnnyMaverik - November 24, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Who are the bigger pricks, Axel Rose or Activision? In general it's hard to draw much of a distance between them but in this case Rose wins.
  • QWERTYCommander - November 24, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    Although I don't quite agree with the reason for the lawsuit, anything that involves a lawsuit with Activision is good in my book.
  • Lionzest7 - November 24, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    This man is officially a dick, it has been established multiple times. It just keeps getting worse, he likes the spotlight though. I'll always remember how he walked off stage after Hetfield got burned by the stage pyrotechnics.

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