Axl Rose suing Activision for $20 million for showing Slash

Wednesday, 24th November 2010 08:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Guns ‘n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is suing Activision for $20 million, claiming the publisher didn’t have permission to use Slash’s likeness in a Guitar Hero game.

The singer’s alleging that Activision violated a deal by using imagery of the guitarist while also including the band’s song Welcome to the Jungle in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

According to Reuters, Rose and his Black Frog Music claim Activision Blizzard fraudulently induced Rose into authorizing the track for use in the game by telling him during negotiations that it wouldn’t feature any reference to the former GNR member or his subsequent band Velvet Revolver.

Rose is accusing Activision of “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”.

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  1. freedoms_stain

    What a petty little fuck.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Harry

    He can’t stand that Slash is the iconic image of GNR, the low slung Les Paul, cig smoke emerging from a huge mop of hair, the top hat etc. He doesn’t seem to realise we’d all rather remember that than Axel in his sweaty white cycling shorts.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Thanks for that, Harry. :-|

    /had successfully managed to forget Axl in his sweaty white cycling shorts

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Neolucifer

    Yes he is behaving like a sniveling rat …. but you know what ? Serves activision right , go for it Axl !!

    It will adds up to complaints from quite a few other artists

    #4 4 years ago
  5. fdelfino

    Off the topic: did anyone ever noticed that Axl Rose is an anagram for Oral Sex?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    The moral of this and so many similar stories seems to be: Stop making games featuring licensed music.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ReeceHeywood

    @5 – I heard this on TV about 6 years ago.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    What a tool.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TerryWogan

    Things are bad when you realise you’re rooting for Axl Rose.

    edit: Michael O’Connor is back! Told you he’d come back.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    Ya know, years ago I used to consider Rose a bit of a “tortured genius” because he wrote some really awesome songs, the lyrics and even the composition were really fantastic – especially when played on the piano. Of course, this was when he had a psychotherapist traveling on the tour bus with the band because he was so insane. Insanity and depression create beautiful art sometimes ….. now, I just consider him a brat. He was always a brat, and instead of mellowing with old age he is getting worse.

    Cocaine is a helluva drug.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. reask

    ^ I remember seen footage of a concert where he jumped off the stage to hit some one in the audience who was annoying him.

    Still with this version of heavens door I forgive him.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Guess this is what you do when your 14 years in the making come back album tanks.

    Honestly Chinesse Democracy wasn’t bad but it was missing something. Some magical ingrediant. It was missing Slash.



    #12 4 years ago
  13. The Hindle

    I remember when Axle Rose compared himself to Freddie Mercury as a front man, biggest ever LOL is that. The guy is a drugged up has been but… saying that i saw GNR at the Reading festival in England in the summer just gone and the energy at that performence beat anything at the show.

    #13 4 years ago

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