According to a story at Reuters, Axl Rose has today filed a $20 million lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. It seems the Guns N’ Roses frontman only agreed to allow the inclusion of “Welcome to the Jungle” in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as long as there was no reference to former GNR guitarist Saul Hudson (better known as Slash) or his subsequent band Velvet Revolver.
Rose apparently doesn’t like him very much.
As it turns out, Slash was featured prominently on the game’s cover and three Velvet Revolver songs were released as DLC the week following the game’s release. Rose says he knew about the cover art and VR songs but was told their inclusion was just for the purposes of a trade show.
The complaint states:
“[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 emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N Roses and the band’s song ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’"
Rose also claims “Sweet Child ‘O Mine,” a Guns N’ Roses song licensed for Guitar Hero II, was used in an online promotion for Guitar Hero III. His lawyer Skip Miller said:
"This lawsuit is about protecting Guns N’ Roses and ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ and is about holding Activision accountable for its misuse of these incredibly valuable assets. The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages."
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen