Axl Rose Gets In The Ring With Activision

Axl Rose Gets In The Ring With Activision

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Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has ripped on Activision for using the band's songs in Guitar Hero without his authorization.

In a long, rambling message to fans posted on mygnrforum.com, Rose seems displeased with the appearance of Guns N' Roses tracks, in combination with former GnR guitarist Slash, in Guitar Hero. He doesn't specifically threaten legal action, but he does allude to some "sorting" of the matter in the future.

"[His appearance] doesn't bother me unless it's being done at my expense or to keep him associated [with GnR], as in Guitar Hero," Rose wrote in his message, which I've edited somewhat for readability but is nonetheless still a bit tricky to follow in spots. "Him being in Guitar Hero is fine but not when Activision is using "Jungle," having Yahoo use "Sweet Child" unauthorized, claims no involvement with Slash, his or anyone's image or VR or anyone or anyone's music in either camp in promotion or commercials, etc. I wasn't broadsided. I read about it as it moved along but Activision continually denied it, right up to the release. That's some low-life chicanery on all their parts."

"Yes, Slash was in Guns and on "Jungle"... and he has rights to perform it but not to be represented in this context in association with Guns," he continued. "And since they weren't granted the license it'll take some sorting. Universal has Guns under contract but I own the name."

Guns N' Roses was formed in the mid-80s and released its first full album, Appetite for Destruction, in 1987. After a slow start, the album grew into a monster hit, spawning singles like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City." Follow-up releases G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I and II and The Spaghetti Incident? also met with success, but by the mid-90s the band was on the verge of implosion, according to reports mainly due to conflicts between Axl and everyone else. By 1997, Rose was the only original Gunner left in the band; the majority of the group, including Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum, eventually came back together as Velvet Revolver, while Rose has spent the last dozen years or so working with various musicians on Chinese Democracy, which was released in November.

Slash appeared on the cover of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which also featured the Guns N' Roses hit "Welcome to the Jungle." Whether or not the context of his appearance is "in association with Guns," however, is debatable. We'll be watching for Axl's next move.

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Thank you Axl Rose for giving me another reason for me to hate Activision and NOT buy Guitar Hero World Tour.

I don't even get what he's going on about. Activision couldn't have put the songs in the game without buying the rights to do so, no?

That's a safe bet. On the other hand, it's not like Axl has earned a reputation over the years for thinking before he... well, for thinking.

CantFaketheFunk:
I don't even get what he's going on about.

Chinese Democracy was rubbish, Guitar Hero is popular, so he needs to drum up a bit of attention to feed his gargantuan ego.

meh.. Axl is a bit flaky himself. He seems to clearly prefer Rock Band over GH (or prefer the money that Rock Band is giving him vs. the money Guitar Hero is not;)).

I'm surprised this is only coming up now... GH3 was over a year ago :|.

Meh. Axl always came across as a bit of a dick to me, guess this shows I'm not off the mark on this.

And finally I come to the realization that Axl really is a dick.

AceDiamond:
And finally I come to the realization that Axl really is a dick.

It took you this long? For me it's just another reason, god I hate him.

PedroSteckecilo:
Thank you Axl Rose for giving me another reason for me to hate Activision and NOT buy Guitar Hero World Tour.

The list just keeps getting longer and longer! I'll buy GH:WT when the kangaroos come to my house, and living in Canada. Its got a .00000000009% chance.

sv93:
The list just keeps getting longer and longer! I'll buy GH:WT when the kangaroos come to my house, and living in Canada. Its got a .00000000009% chance.

That's still a chance, don't give up dammit!

Your.Name.Here:
That's still a chance, don't give up dammit!

I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! It would be awesome if a kangaroo just came to my house, I would like shit my pants and then go to Future Shop and buy GH:WT.

sv93:
I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! It would be awesome if a kangaroo just came to my house, I would like shit my pants and then go to Future Shop and buy GH:WT.

That's the spirit!

..well.

Time to switch to Rock Band I guess.

Yeah, Axl Rose is a bit of a twat isn't he? If he had legal recourse he'd hit Activision for a lawsuit by now. But he doesn't. All this is, is trolling for attention and maybe a 'hushpuppy' of cash from Activision.

(for those who don't live in the south, Hushpuppies are small savory/sweet balls of fried dough used as appetizers or side dishes, they get their names because cooks would throw them to yappy dogs to shut them up)

 

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