Guns N Roses front man Axl Rose has filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Activision, creators of the ever so declining in popularity game, Guitar Hero. It’s widely known that Axl Rose and former GNR guitarist Saul Hudson, affectionately known as “Slash” have had a serious falling out. Now, that falling out has made it into Los Angeles Superior Court.
Rose claims that when he entered into a deal with Activision concerning the Guitar Hero franchise that no imagery of guitarist Slash was supposed to be associated with Guns N’Roses. When he found out that Slash would be featured in animation in Guitar Hero 2, Rose allegedly rescinded his agreement with Activision.
The lawsuit says: ” 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,'”
Activision allegedly lied about Slash and it’s plans for him as a character in Guitar Hero, telling Rose it would only be in the tradeshow version and not the version released to the public. Obviously Slash was featured in the worldwide release. The claim also says that “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was used in online advertising for Guitar Hero 3 even though Rose only licensed it for use in Guitar Hero 1
Rose’s lawyer, and prominent entertainment attorney, Skip Miller added “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,”
Obviously Rose hasn’t tied any of his recent album sales to the once very succesful Guitar Hero franchise.
Just two years ago Guitar Hero was one of the best selling console games of all time, however the latest installment has only sold around 90,000 copies across all platforms to date