A trial date has been set for Axl Rose’s $20 million lawsuit against Activision, which was filed back in 2010 over a breach-of-contract claim stemming from 2007’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
During a preliminary hearing today, a California judge tossed out Rose’s fraud claims, but allowed the breach-of-contract claim in which the Guns N’ Roses frontman was “promised” a Guitar Hero: Guns N’ Roses title.
Rose claims the game was offered by Activision as compensation over using the song Welcome to the Jungle alongside guitarist Slash’s likeness. Rose said he only lent the song to the game on the grounds GH3 wouldn’t feature Slash’s likeness or the guitarist’s band Velvet Revolver.
“The reason I did not file a lawsuit [in 2007] is because Activision — through my managers and representatives — offered me a separate video game and other business proposals worth millions of dollars to resolve and settle my claims relating to GHIII,” said Rose in a deposition.
“From December 2007 through November 2010, Activision was offering me a Guns N’ Roses dedicated video game, a game dedicated to music from the Chinese Democracy album, and other proposals.”
A jury trial has been set for February 1, 2013.