Axl Rose files $20m lawsuit over Guitar Hero III Slash inclusion

24 Nov 2010

Guns N’ Roses lead Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard for $20m, saying the conditions for using ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in Guitar Hero III were violated by including ex-member Slash in the game.

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior court obtained by Radar, Rose claims Activision Blizzard told him during negotiations that imagery of Slash and content from his band, Velvet Revolver, would not be included if he let them use ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in the game.

However, Rose states that Activision breached this by featuring a Slash-like figure in the game in connection with the song.

He claims it exploits the past association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses and promotes Slash and Velvet Revolver.

Rose also claims the song ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ was used in an online promotion for GHIII in spite of the fact it was only licensed for GHII.

Rose is seeking $20m in damages for this. Activision Blizzard has yet to comment on the case.