Axl Rose Sues Activision Over Slash's Inclusion in Guitar Hero III

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Axl Rose Sues Activision Over Slash's Inclusion in Guitar Hero III

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Axl Rose believes he is owed $20 million because Activision featured Slash in Guitar Hero III.

Axl Rose was angry about Slash's inclusion in Guitar Hero III alongside a Guns N' Roses song two years ago, and that anger has apparently boiled over into a lawsuit. The lead singer of Guns N' Roses is suing Activision for $20 million over what he says is the improper use of "Welcome to the Jungle" in the game.

After Guitar Hero III was released, Rose did not welcome it and he thought it was full of anything but fun and games. When Activision approached Rose to receive permission to use "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III, he says he was ensured that Slash and his former bandmates' new group Velvet Revolver would have no involvement with the game at all. Activision ended up putting Slash not just in the game, but on its cover, and Velvet Revolver songs came to Guitar Hero III as DLC.

Rose's anger over the situation stems from his perception that Slash's inclusion in Guitar Hero III confuses the public into associating him with Guns N' Roses, even though he is no longer in the band. Court documents state that Rose is "careful not to license any use of the band's name and intellectual property that would further perpetuate the confusion in the public mind between Slash and Guns N' Roses." Rose only allowed Activision to use "Welcome to the Jungle" under the assumption that Slash would not be featured as an in-game avatar, and he claims to have written proof.

I hate to say it, but Rose may have a case here. Whether his desire to keep Slash out of Guitar Hero III is logical or not, if Activision broke its agreement with Rose it could end up owing him some money. Court documents even say that Rose was approached by an Activision employee that apologized for the situation "in tears." We'll have to wait and see if Activision has a response to Rose's lawsuit.

Source: 1up

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Doesn't Axl think guitar hero has suffered enough? Guitar Hero III was the last game to make any money...

He's just doing anything for money now, isn't he?

The douchebaggery of this guy never ceases to amaze me...

It might seem like an aggresive cash-grab on Axl's part but, in reality, it makes solid business sense. What he wants to avoid is any confusion between 'his' band and the new band Slash features in and that is totally fair.
The thing I'm most confused about is why Activision would make such an elementary mistake, you'd think that something that was so obviously contracting voiding would stick out like a sore thumb to their legal department.

The reason people associate Slash with GNR is because Slash is one of the greatest guitarists ever and Axl Rose is a heroin addict that no one takes seriously.

0:34 makes my point.

Couldn't find a video of this one, but I did find the script.

Beavis and Butthead - Kris Kross - "Warm It Up"

Beavis: Who do you think would win in a fight between daddy mac and the mac daddy?
Butthead: I don't know, but they could both kick Axl's ass.

The game is called Guitar Hero, seems only appropriate they put the guitarist on the song in the game.

Axl Rose sole reason i dislike the band and my friends often don't understand this, i shall be linking them this article so i can laugh at them. I love being vindicated.

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Just living proof that a rock legend can transform into a poorly meshed together sack of prunes.

Ummm... couldn't he have pursued it earlier?

Like, waaay earlier?

lacktheknack:
Ummm... couldn't he have pursued it earlier?

Like, waaay earlier?

He probably did. These things take a long time to percolate out.

There have been 7 games released since GH3, not including DS releases. He's a little late.

Bastard. Complete and utter bastard, but the law is probably on his side but still...

He's kind of late on this isn't he? I mean it was advertised on the game and in commercials so I think he's just pushing for money.

This is like if two pieces of poop collided and made a delicious ham. Axel Rose is a crazy, deranged narcissist and Activision is, well, Axel Rose. Axel Rose comes out looking like an asshole and Activision is legally taken down a little due to their dumb and untrustworthy ways.

Wuvlycuddles:
The game is called Guitar Hero, seems only appropriate they put the guitarist on the song in the game.

It also only makes sense they honour their agreements.

Besides, with only two licensed guitarists in the game (Unless you count Bobby Kottick as his alter ego SATAN), that's hardly a stellar argument.

I'm not an Axl Rose fan, but let's try and be realistic here.

$20mil is practically pocket change for Activision. They should just avoid the legal fees and pay to shut him up. Plus last time I checked Slash was in the band when they wrote Welcome to the Jungle... ADOY!

Julianking93:
He's just doing anything for money now, isn't he?

When has any well know person at that level of celebrity status ever not done it for the money?

Anyway, lol. I though he WAS still part of guns and roses. Fuck. I'm kinda surprised here.

Julianking93:
He's just doing anything for money now, isn't he?

Nope, he has always been a dick.

Wow... just wow. As if Chinese Democracy wasn't enought to make me think you're a total douche' Axl.

KSarty:

Julianking93:
He's just doing anything for money now, isn't he?

Nope, he has always been a dick.

No one liked Axl when he was in the first incarnation of GNR. Everyone knew Slash was the talent. Now GNR comes back with this second incarnation and the only person from the band before is...Axl? Give me a break, no one likes you Axl. You might as well just accept it and go back to shooting smack and whining about how you used to be a rock star.

I always knew Axl Rose was a little bitch, this just confirms it. "My throats hurts!" As he smokes a cigarette and drinks his booze. lol. What a jerkoff. Everyone left his band cuz they hate him.

It's been well established that Rose is a self-centred tosser. But then, he can afford to be. He can't hear your complaints over the sound of his enormous pile of money.

It amuses me that Rose has deluded himself into thinking his current band is Guns & Roses in anything more than name. GnR has always been Axl, Slash, and a few other guys, and he's stupid if he thinks anyone is seriously going to disassociate Slash from the band. That hat is iconic.

10zack986:
There have been 7 games released since GH3, not including DS releases. He's a little late.

Too bad it really doesn't matter how much time has past.

I'm sure he didn't just become aware, however.

Julianking93:
He's just doing anything for money now, isn't he?

i dont think so. Rose is pretty rich as far as i know. plus im sure kotick wont miss it, hes already sleeping on a bed of billion dollar bills.

Slash was never a member of Guns and Roses? OH! He left Guns and Roses, so that means he can't ever be referenced as being a member of Guns and Roses because Axl went back in time and killed Slash. Got it.

ENKC:
He can't hear your complaints over the sound of his enormous pile of money.

*cough cough* Kotick *cough cough*

I've always hated Axl Rose, he's such a huge douchebag. Slash has always been cooler than him anyway. Yeah, it might be likely that he will win, but if he does he will just look like an even bigger douchebag. Oi vey.

Just when I thought I couldn't dislike Axl Rose any more...

Meh who cares? Axl may be a dick at times, but Activision is king of the dicks. Kotick should have to pay him the 20 mil out of pocket.

I don't know who I hate more...Axl or Activision. This is exactly how I felt when no doubt sued them.

he had talent, I loved his singing.

He's still a piece of shit though.

Rose's anger over the situation stems from his perception that Slash's inclusion in Guitar Hero III confuses the public into associating him with Guns N' Roses,

What?

Who doesn't associate Slash with Guns N' Roses?

Activision had better settle, lest Rose devirginize them all with his axe.

Zachary Amaranth:

It also only makes sense they honour their agreements.

Besides, with only two licensed guitarists in the game (Unless you count Bobby Kottick as his alter ego SATAN), that's hardly a stellar argument.

I'm not an Axl Rose fan, but let's try and be realistic here.

Realistic?

You think Activision wouldn't cover their backsides on this?
I'm almost certain they sought and paid for the full rights to use the song as they saw fit for that particular game. No, what Axl is doing is throwing a hissy fit because he wasn't included and Slash was and quite rightly so, as the game is Guitar Hero, not Rock Band.

He doesn't have a leg to stand on and is just after some attention, this case will more than likely be dropped.

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