Guitar Hero III

Axl Rose Launches a $20 Million Lawsuit Against Guitar Hero

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Axl Rose and Slash do not get on. In fact, Rose dislikes Slash so much that he's launched a massive $20 million lawsuit against Activision for featuring Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" in 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, despite originally signing off on the track to feature in the game.

Apparently, there was a condition attached to Axl agreeing to let Acti use the track: the game is not to feature any music by Slash's band, Velvet Revolver. Well, Guitar Hero III does feature Velvet Revolver songs, Activision and Neversoft  went ahead and slapped the black-hatted one on the cover and then also made him an unlockable character. Oh, and he was in the TV commercials and was wheeled around as the game's promotional spokesman. Erm... So, three years after Guitar Hero III's initial release, Axl Rose has decided to take action and sue Activision.

"[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 emphasising and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song 'Welcome to the Jungle,' " writes Skip Miller, Rose's lawyer.

Several GN'R tracks have featured in other music games, including Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero II, so this lawsuit seems to be the result of some serious personal axe-grinding. Perhaps this statement made by Rose in 2009 will give you an idea of where he's coming from: "There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty," said Rose. "In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided."

It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out, but to paraphrase Rose, it probably won't be pretty. Welcome to the jungle, indeed.

[Via Yahoo News. Thanks, Nick]


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US October 28, 2007

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