Published May 19, 2010Remember when we told you back in March that Axl Rose was being sued by his ex-manager? Well, as everyone in rock'n'roll has come to realize, Axl always has the last word.
According to Billboard, Rose filed a countersuit on Monday (May 17) to the tune of $5 million against former manager Irving Azoff, founder of Front Line Management.
Rose alleges that Azoff tried to force the original Guns N' Roses members to reunite through an elaborate plan to - wait for this - not promote the long-delayed Chinese Democracy properly. Rose also claims Azoff misled him about a potential tour with Van Halen and botched some of the Gunners' tour dates.
Less than two months ago, Azoff sued Rose, claiming he broke an oral agreement to pay 15 percent of earnings (nearly $2 million) from Guns N' Roses tour dates in Canada, South America and Asia.
But Rose is firing back hard and has also raised antitrust concerns about Front Line's parent company, Ticketmaster, who acquired Azoff's holdings in 2008. Rose says that Front Line having its hands in artist management, concert promotion and tickets sales has allowed Azoff to gain too much power and influence in the music industry. The countersuit cites the U.S. Justice Department's recent block of the merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. (Man, Axl covers all of his bases, doesn't he?)
Azoff's legal representative was quoted as saying, "He didn't accuse [Azoff] of being on the grassy knoll in Dallas on November 22, 1963?"
Rose claims Azoff's ultimate goal was to get the original line-up of his band back together (and who can blame him?), but that it has been attempted through sabotage. According to the filing, "Upon realizing he couldn't bully Rose and accomplish his scheme, Azoff resigned and abandoned Guns N' Roses on the eve of a major tour, filing a suit for commissions he didn't earn and had no right to receive."
Rose claims the botched tour cost him in production startup and rehearsal expenses. Hey, we're all for Axl standing up for himself in a court of law, but we have a different theory about why Chinese Democracy flopped. We think it might have something to do with how badly that album sucked.