Axl Rose’s Suit Against Activision Moving Forward

Slash as he appears in the game

Kudos to, for staying on top of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s $20 million lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, the video game publisher behind the “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” title. The case is set for trial Jan. 23 of 2012. So, mark it down.

The suit alleges Activision violated an agreement Rose had with them as part of the licensing agreement that permitted usage of the Guns N’ Roses track “Welcome to the Jungle” in the game. That agreement? That Slash not appear in the game at all…nor that there be any references in the game to Velvet Revolver.

Of course, an animated Slash appears on the game’s cover and in the game as a playable character.

The suit claims that “[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.’”

Axl tried to stop use of the song when he discovered Slash would be in the game, and was told that he would only appear in marketing materials. Axl then allegedly lost his shit when he got a copy of Guitar Hero III” and saw the cover.

Said Axl’s lawyer, Skip Miller: “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.”

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