Axl Rose Sues Activision for $20 Million over Slash's Appearance in Guitar Hero III
Published Nov 24, 2010These days, the career of Guns N' Roses is one shit storm after another. In recent months, we've seen the band get pelted with water bottles after showing up late to a concert, just days after having the plug was pulled on them at Reading Festival. Antagonistic frontman Axl Rose has now picked his latest battle: filing a lawsuit against the videogame makers Activision.
The singer has sued the company to the tune of $20 million, alleging that their use of "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III was a breach of contract. According to Rose, he granted Activision rights to use the song only if former guitarist Slash wasn't depicted. He also stipulated that Slash's new band, Velvet Revolver, could not appear.
An animated depiction of Slash does appear in the game, however, as does Velvet Revolver. According to Rose's complaint [via Reuters], 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.'"
When Rose learned that Slash and Velvet Revolver would appear in the game, he allegedly withdrew his authorization of "Welcome to the Jungle." He claims that Activision promised that Slash's image would only be used in a trade show, but did not keep to its word. The company also allegedly used GNR's song in online promotion without permission.
Rose's lawyer, Skip Miller, said, "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."
We can't help but think that this lawsuit is going to set Axl back in his plans to work on a new Guns N' Roses album.