Guns 'N Roses frontman Axl Rose filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard today claiming the company violated a deal by using imagery of guitarist Saul Hudson (aka Slash) while also including the band's hit song "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
According to Reuters, Activision "fraudulently induced" Rose by authorizing use of the song and told him they would not make reference "to the former GNR member or his subsequent band Velvet Revolver" in Guitar Hero III. Rose would later discover "an animated depiction of Slash, with his signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing" was featured on the box.
He also said the song "Sweet Child 'O Mine" was used in an online promotion for Guitar Hero III while only being licensed for Guitar Hero II.
"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," Rose's lawyer Skip Miller told Reuters. "The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages."
Rose is seeking $20 million in damages from sales of the Guitar Hero III. Activision has not responded to requests for comment.
We'll update this story when we hear back.
Not really surprising when Activision did what they did and that Axel(axl?) Rose scammed the rest of GNR's for everything.
Guitar Hero 3 came out years ago.:rofl:
Yay, someone is suing Nazivision!
Axl Rose will do anything that gets him some more money
Schofield;5428447Guitar Hero 3 came out years ago.:rofl:
Yeah. It's a little late for a subpoena, and to be honest, he shouldn't have control over his former band members. But Acti broke the deal. Even worse, even if Axl is in the wrong, many gamers would rather see Acti lose because they're the most hated company in the gaming industry. It's all about who's the lesser evil here.
EDIT: As far as Acti's response, knowing them, they'll likely countersue.