Axl Rose loses Guitar Hero suit - Report

Court tosses out Guns N' Roses frontman's 2010 lawsuit against Activision, which claimed publisher duped him.

Activision has scored a Guitar Hero legal battle, according to a new report at The San Marino Tribune. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed the remains of Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose's lawsuit against the publisher, which claimed Activision duped him in several ways.

Rose sued Activision in 2010 for its use of the virtual likeness of Saul Hudson (better known as the top-hat-donning axe legend Slash) in Guitar Hero III. Rose further alleged that Activision convinced him to lend "Welcome to the Jungle" to Guitar Hero III on the grounds that the game would not feature Slash's likeness or the guitarist's follow-up group, Velvet Revolver.

Slash was featured heavily in Guitar Hero III. He graced the game's cover and was a playable character in the game. Further, songs from Velvet Revolver ("She Builds Quick Machines," "Slither," and "Messages") were made available to gamers as downloadable content following the game's release.

Rose also claimed Activision promised him a band-specific title called Guitar Hero: Guns N' Roses.

An Activision representative was not immediately available to comment.

The high-profile No Doubt vs. Activision Band Hero suit was settled in October. Terms of the deal were not specified, though the settlement came just days before the case was to be heard by a jury.

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Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

I have to side with Axl on this one. Activision has done this numerous times because they know they can either win the lawsuit because of their top tier lawyers or just pay a sum out after the fact because they still make way more from the likenesses and songs than they pay out after.

angelyote
angelyote

Axl would have made a stronger case if he could form a coherent sentence.

squall_83
squall_83

Congratulations Axl, you greedy prick. I'm glad you lost. Now maybe, for an encore, you can go off and try to make Chinese Democracy 2 and bankrupt yourself in the process. Then we will never have to hear about your dumb ass ever again.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

lol freakin greedy it's not even him  why is he suing ? haha

artooniana
artooniana

Farting axl is the reason that we don't have a magnificent band like guns and roses today! god damn him , always made me puke the selfish bastard ...

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Guitar what? Guns and whoses? A better name for this article would be Irrelevant series upsets Irrelevant frontman.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Hah! That guy does not have enough pegs to be taken down.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I don't see why he's suing. Wunder Slaush isn't even real. 

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Who loses out?  Us the consumer!

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

Activision has world class lawyers. I honestly don't care who won this case, I didn't have all the facts anyways.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

This is quite possibly the ONLY instance where I wanted Activision to come out on top. Rose is such a child. Needs to get his head out his ass and come back to reality.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

Although Axel is a tool and a jerk that pretty much bankrupted Geffen Records all by himself with Chinese Democracy, I was hoping that one more lawsuit would have sided against Activision (besides the IW and No Doubt cases). DIdn't really think anything would have come out of this as it sounded like typical Axel Rose paranoid, self-centered drivel from the beginning, one could have hoped. 

Triton
Triton

Wonder what Axel is doing these days? Maybe working in the fast food industry perhaps?

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

Get over yourself Axl. No one likes you. 

feleas
feleas

I don't give a flying f__k if Activision won. I still hate the buggers. Proudly admitting I haven't bought a single Activision game (Other than Blizzard products) since Activsion started their whole stupid lawsuit crusade against everyone.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

what he was promised GH guns and roses and they never did it. why on earth not they were only one of the most awesome bands ever,

pal_080
pal_080

So, the lesson to learn here is... DON'T TRUST THE SUITS,  duh.  Slash certainly seems to have been promised all kinds of awesome stuff, but he never got any of it in writing and was dumb enough to believe whatever the Activision suits were feeding him.

oisbush9
oisbush9

Imagine how crazy Axl would go if he took drugs :O

sundfeld
sundfeld

Looks like he needs more money to keep on eating... hahahaha

JML897
JML897

Well I hope he finds a new suit soon, those can be expensive

ziproy
ziproy

He was IN the friggin commercial I had to see every time I turned on my tv. How did he not know he was going to be featured heavily

F0RS4K3N
F0RS4K3N

hun hun ok. whats guitar hero anyway? the franchise is dead this would matter 6 years ago, but now... to late to make any difference.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Rose and Slash, a couple of  talentless  assholes.  All anyone in the early nineties listened to was GunsNRoses, possibly the worst band ever.  I hated these guys and was so excited they slipped into obscurity after Use you Illusion.

C-P-30
C-P-30

@WheelerJared "Get over yourself Axl. No one likes you." That's true he doesn't even like his self. Sad, sad man... from rags to riches, back to rags again.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@feleas 

Actually the "lawsuit crusade" was launched by everyone else against Activision. Former Infinity Ward employees, No Doubt, and Axel all filed against Activision first, most with just cause which the courts agreed with. Activision just counter sued to save face. 

20years
20years

@gatsbythepig you sir , are a troll . Slash is the second Best band Guitarist of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine . you are embaressing yourself

feleas
feleas

@dlCHIEF58 @feleas lawsuits against Double Fine, EA, a Starcraft 2 player? Activision isn't innocent. They cause trouble as much as they try to prevent it. I lost faith on Activision a long time ago. That lawsuit against a Starcraft 2 player was the straw for me, just glad Blizzard stepped in and pretty much told the Activision CEO to f__k off in the most diplomatic way I've ever seen lol.

killa32130
killa32130

@20years Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Dave Mustaine, Tosin Abasi are just a couple of guitarist that are better then Slash, i don't mind Slash at all but top 2? Nah.

 As for Axl he is just a ego freak, simple as that.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@20years @gatsbythepig You sir only follow the crowd.  Rolling Stone haha.  You're referring to Rolling stone magazine?  hahah... talk about embarrassing.

I make my own preferences thank you.

feleas
feleas

@dlCHIEF58 @feleas Oh no, I'm talking about the lawsuit where the Starcraft 2 player made a World of Starcraft custom map and Activision slapped down copyright issues over it with how it was too much like World of Warcraft apparently. Blizzard defended that individual and the case didn't fall through.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@feleas @dlCHIEF58 

Never said they were innocent as I stated that the majority of the cases filed against them were done so with just cause. The Double Fine/EA suit was a stupid cash grab as they gave up the rights to publishing the game then were butthurt when EA stepped up to publish it. 

Regarding the Starcraft II incident, are you referring to the 3 hackers that Blizzard sued for selling and distributing tools to circumvent Battle.net? If so, you have your facts all screwed up. Blizzard were the ones who brought suit, not Activision - Kotick had no part in this. It was also dropped for some unknown reason. And this suit was justified as those hackers deserved to get the pants sued off of them, especially when they were trying to profit from it at Blizzard's expense. 

And those two examples hardly represents a "lawsuit crusade". But Activision has spent a lot of time in court recently, which does not speak well of how they treat their partners or employees.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@PlatinumPaladin @Mac8457 @jtthegame316 

Yes they did, it just got ruined by all the other crap filler Activision stuck in there and Eddie's hubris that would not let them put in any Sammy era songs in the game (or Michael Anthony's likeness even for pete's sake).

Guns N Roses had about 3-4 hits that weren't covers. Van Halen had a couple albums that almost all the songs on them were hits (and admittedly some of them were also covers, but at least they didn't suck like GNR).  . 

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@JunglemanchiId @gatsbythepig @BoldukCalm down, I'm not telling you to get with the times... and who are you quoting?

Just broaden your horizons.  Most of my tastes lie in the 60s 70s and 80s(embarrassingly).  Because of my father I also listen to a considerable amount of music from the 30s and 40s.  If you only listen to old music there is no way to broaden your tastes.  It doesn't matter how brilliant you think the music is.  Even if it is Bach.  At some point it is just obsessive compulsive ruminations.  

As an example, I have listened to Pink Floyd Animals, so many times, I have a hard time listening to it anymore.  The enjoyment has diminished over time, like watching a movie or playing a video game too many times.  But we're not all the same.  One man's ceiling is another man's floor.  So I guess we're different because you  wouldn't get a little tired of playing your favorite video games every day for 30 years without adding any new ones.

JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

@gatsbythepig @Bolduk - Thats bull.  Like saying you can't be a true music fan if you only enjoy music from the 17th to the late 19th century like quite a lot of people do.  There's something to discover in music you have listened to 1000 times.  Don't talk crap about having to "get with the times".  Nonsense.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@BoldukAre you telling me you wouldn't get a little tired of playing your favorite video games every day for 30 years?  I have no qualms with loving older music but come on, you can't just live in the past, it gets boring, because nothing new ever happens.  Plus, you can't be a real connoisseur of music unless you attempt to broaden your horizon with more, different and newer ever evolving music.

Bolduk
Bolduk

@gatsbythepig @20years @JimmeyBurrows Getting old? Wtf are you talking about. This is madness. Rock bands of the 60s to 80s era are far far far better the the trash we are getting these days with Modern rock. No offense to them, bacause I have to admit I love a couple of them myself, but back in the good old days, there was more than just one hit song on an album that warranted its purchase. Led Zep, Queen, AC/DC, ect 's albums are masterpieces and best ofs by themselves.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@JimmeyBurrowsGash's name, his Dr. Seuss hat and the fact he is in GnR is why I can't stand him(maybe not the best reasons, except for the last one).  Maybe your'e right, maybe he has talent.  It's just so hard to look past that other nonsense. At least we can agree on Axl.  I don't think he could ever sing.  His voice is so grating.

MoreThot
MoreThot

@gatsbythepig  if that's all anyone played for 4 years then you may need to branch out and get another group of friends or acquaintances.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@20years @gatsbythepig @JimmeyBurrows Those are great too, but after 30 years, it gets old.  I'm actually looking at an Iron Maiden album cover right now.  I just couldn't stand GnR.  Phish, U2, GnR were all anyone played for like 4 years.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@gatsbythepig @20years you don't follow then, you're unique? just like everybody else... 

If he were talentless, he'd not be able to play as well as he does, in other words, he'd be like axel, who is infact talentless, can't sing for shit anymore.