Axl Rose Sues Guitar Hero For $20M
By Andrew Tijs
Axl Rose is suing Activision, the makers of Guitar Hero, for $20 million.
Reuters reports that the Guns N Roses dictator is suing the video game company for “breach of contract” for using the Gunners classic ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ in Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.
Seems Axl stipulated that the only way he was going to approve the use of the song is if Activision wouldn’t feature former Gunners guitarist Slash or his new band Velvet Revolver in the game.
In the suit, he complained about “an animated depiction of Slash, with his signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing” on the box.
He also quesions the use of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ in an online promo for Guitar Hero III when he only licensed it for Guitar Hero II.
Rose’s lawyer says the $20 million damages is to hold Activision accountable for misuse of “incredibly valuable assets”.
Activision are yet to respond.
(Ahhh the tales of Axl, never a dull moment. Well if what Axl says is really what was down in print then I think Activision better cough up! Although when you think about Guns n' Roses and the song 'Welcome to The Jungle' of course you're gonna think of Slash as well, I mean come on! Do I need to say guitar = Slash? There's no getting away from it Guns n' Roses was/is Axl & Slash, at least it is in my book. Welcome to the jungle indeed!!)