Axl Rose Sues Guitar Hero Over "Slash"

You saw this one
coming a mile away, admit it…


By Fred Mills


With Thanksgiving just a few hours away, Los Angeles-area
lawyers are giving thanks for Axl Rose and his perennially-litigious frame of mind.
According to a report published this morning at, the Guns N’
Roses majordomo has filed suit against Activision, which creates the “Guitar Hero” video game, to the tune of
$20 million.


The lawsuit claims that the game maker “violated a deal not
to include any imagery” or references to former GNR guitarist Slash (or, for
that matter, Slash’s post-GNR outfit Velvet Revolver) – the likeness of Slash,
of course, turns up in the GNR song “Welcome to the Jungle” in the video game,
outfitted in his signature hat, sunglasses and nose ring. When Rose spotted
this, he apparently went ballistic.


The lawsuit is quoted as stating, “[Activision] began
spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only
feature Slash and VR prominently in GH
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’.”


There’s a lot more, and you can read the entire report here at



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