Axl Rose sues Activision
Welcome to the courtroom
Guns N' Roses frontman W Axl Rose is attempting to sue Activision over the inclusion of Welcome to the Jungle in Guitar Hero III.
Rose has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the games publisher, according to Reuters,
It turns out, the singer did give permission for Activision to use the song, but only under condition that British-born ex-GnR member Saul Hudson - aka Slash - and his band Velvet Revolver didn't feature in the game.
According to Axl, Activision not only failed to honour this request, but enforced an association between Slash and his former bandmate's band.
Going for a Slash
Rose claims he was aware that cover art featured the shaggy-haired, top-hatted axeman, but was assured by Activision his inclusion was for trade show purposes only.
The bandana'd vocalist also reckons his song Sweet Child O' Mine was used in online promotion for GH III, despite only being licensed for GH II.
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. The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages."
Activision has yet to comment on the matter. ®
Slash should counter-sue Axl for destroying the Guns N' Roses name with that sad fucking tribute band he is currently dragging around the globe.
Can Scotland sue?
for Axls terrible abuse of the kilt?
RE: isn't it "W. Axl Rose"?
An excellent observation.
And given that 'Axl Rose' is an anagram of Oral Sex I would also go as far as to call him a Cock Sucker as well.
I really don't know how to feel about this
I can't decide who I hate more tbh, Axl Rose or Activision. I suppose I best just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
Clue is in the name
It's called GUITAR Hero, not Ginger-Childish-Tantrum-Throwing-Wailer Hero. What did Axl expect?
Besides, when I hear Welcome To The Jungle, I think of Slash and the guitar riff (that incidentally, the song grew from), not the vocals.
Sigh, another nail in the coffin of the already dead GnR. You can have anything you want but you better not take it from me.