Axl Rose Slaps ACTIVISION With $20M Lawsuit

You like this image of Slash? Sure, who doesn't? Axl Rose doesn't. And now he's gonna sue.

According to Variety, the Guns N' Roses frontman filed a $20 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier today against "Guitar Hero" maker Activision claiming that, among other things, the use of GNR's mega hit "Welcome to the Jungle" violated a deal to not include any imagery of ex-guitarist Saul Hudson (aka Slash) in game.

In a somewhat laughable and smelling remarkably like an "I'm broke and need money" lawsuit, Rose also claims Activision tricked him into allowing "Jungle" for use in GH III by assuring him that it would have zero reference to former bandmate Slash or his other band, Velvet Revolver.

"(Activision Blizzard)...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,'" - from complaint

Basically, it breaks down like this: when Rose found out that a Slash-like character and Velvet Revolver songs would be included in GH II, he immediately pulled permissions to use "Jungle" but claims Activision lied and told him that it was for trade show (i.e. E3, CES, GDC) purposes (and are restricted to industry/media) only. 

But once GH III dropped and the box art had someone who looked and smelled a LOT like Slash (signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing), it was more than evident that he was all OVER GH III and Rose was NOT a happy panda.

Rose is also claiming that "Sweet Child 'O Mine" was used in web support of GH III despite only being licensed for GH II and wants $20 million in damages from sales of the popular game.

"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. The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages." - Skip Miller, Axl Rose's Attorney

This is just getting good. Stay tuned.

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