It’s starting to look as though Axl Rose is trying to lose fans. In his latest attempt to come off as the biggest douche in music, Rose has announced plans to sue Activision after he believes they breached the contract between Guns N Roses and Guitar Hero.
It would appear that Rose was not impressed by the fact that creators of the hugely successful game included the band’s mega hit Welcome to the Jungle in their selection of MIDI tunes, despite claims from Activision that “Rose had no authority to enter into a license for Welcome to the Jungle in his individual capacity because he does not own the song of the sound recording”.
This will be his second attempt to take the gaming powerhouse to court. In 2010, according to The Music Network, Rose set his target firmly on Guitar Hero after they “had been intentionally concealing its plans to use Velvet Revolver and Slash in the game all along,” or so says Rose’s attorney, Skip Miller. Jeez imagine having that gig.
Despite the court initially dismissing the claims after it was determined Rose left it too late to complain under current copyright laws in the USA (and lets face it, most of us would have 100% on that song by now anyway) it was then declared that his case could hold water, and a court date was set for February next year.
You’d think that Rose would be kinder to his fans after one particular UK Gunners fanatic offered to donate part of his $252 million lottery earnings to a reunion tour for the band. That’s a solid amount of cheese, though according to Slash, who commented to CNN, it won’t work: “I don’t think it’s a matter of money; it really isn’t…I think you’ve got a situation where nobody involved wants to revisit.”
Given all the Activision hubbub, clearly it is a little bit about money.