Guitar Hero: Guns N' Roses promised to Axl Rose - Report

Guns N' Roses frontman claims Activision offered him a dedicated game featuring music from 2008 Chinese Democracy album to resolve Guitar Hero III issues.

Axl Rose's 2010 $20 million lawsuit against Activision concerning rights issues stemming from 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has taken a new twist. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason Rose waited until 2010 to sue Activision over Guitar Hero III was because the publisher promised him a dedicated game as a means to settle and resolve the issues he had.

Guitar Hero: Guns N' Roses is not likely to happen.

Rose claims Activision made this offer--as well as "other proposals" he says were worth "millions of dollars"--between December 2007 and November 2010. The project was to feature songs from Guns N' Roses' long-in-the-making Chinese Democracy album, which was released in 2008 to very mixed reviews.

The news came during proceedings in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday as part of Rose's ongoing suit against the publisher. A judge tossed out Rose's fraud claim, but will allow his breach-of-contract claim to see trial. A trial is scheduled to begin on February 1, 2013.

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 alleges 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.

Activision is also currently facing a suit from the Gwen Stefani-fronted rock band No Doubt. In that 2009 suit, the band claimed Activision had no contractual right to allow the group's in-game avatars to be used to perform other artists' songs. Additionally, the suit alleges Activision secretly hired actors to create dance movements that no band member had ever performed. No Doubt vs. Activision will go before a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court beginning October 15.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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42 comments
JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Axl is fail... Owning the rights to someone who isn't even in his band is just showing how brilliant the law is... On the other hand maybe if he learned to sing like he used to instead of believing he's still great might help his music sell.

cubachino
cubachino

Since music isn't selling like it used to. I guess artist are finding  different ways to make money.

Razer361
Razer361

It's all devil music, anyway. :P

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Take Activision to the cleaners.

edulink
edulink

I can cope with thw Axl x Slash thing, but the No Doubt claim is pure stupidityness (is that even a word? :P). I mean, "OMG we are singing other songs and DANCING, IT'S TEH END OF TEH WROLD!" it's just.. lol

8bitgen
8bitgen

amazing how many jealous axl haters are posting. me myself and my brother look foward to this being made and you can hate all you want in the end he has the money and fame while haters live in there mothers basement playing hello kitty adventures hahaha.

Snakepond2
Snakepond2

Since when did we start throwing down GNR and defending Activision. 

 

GNR was a great group and its songs will be played way after we all become irrelevant to the next generation of kids. 

 

Activison broke the contract just like they did with No Doubt and they have to pay for it.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

If they were to create a Gn'R GH game, I'd pray that anything but the songs from Chinese Democracy would be on there.

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

Oh god, please no. Don't make me relive the days of Guns N' Roses.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Gun's and Roses was great back in the 1980's. Chinese Democracy at least beat DukE Nukem Forever to market. Both were promised during the days of the Nintendo 64. Axl should not worry about Guitar Hero which has died out. Slash was my favorite and deserved to be in GH 3

derekhickok
derekhickok

Do you think Axl could be getting confused by Harmonix putting Chinese Democracy in it's entirety into the Rock Band franchise?  I mean, Shackler's Revenge was on the RB2 disc, which released before the album was even released.  I'm sure the deal to put Shackler's Revenge included the licensing of the rest of the Chinese Democracy album as DLC for the Rock Band franchise.  I would be willing to bet that Axl just got Activision's deal confused with the Harmonix deal.

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

If the last GNR album was actually good, and Axl didn't sound washed up now, he may have actually had a case. 

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Both parties of people wanted such childish demands and its so petty. Some people obviously have nothing better to do!

TKDBoy1889
TKDBoy1889

Oh Axl, you never cease to amaze me with how much of a greedy, egotistical d**che you can be. No respect from the gaming community, and no more respect from the music community, and for good reason. GNR died when Slash left, and Axl probably knows that but is unwilling to admit it.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Wait a second, Rose actually owns the rights to a digital likeness of Slash?  That and he calls himself alone to be Guns N' Roses?  Axl is an a**hole

Haasdude
Haasdude

LOL, a Chinese Democracy Guitar Hero! I have a newfound respect for Activision for not following through on that one.

psycho_chan13
psycho_chan13

I actually feel bad for Activision right now. These law suits are ridiculous and dumb.

In the words of Ron White though "You can't fix stupid"

SolidTy
SolidTy

Damn, ACTIVISION. *SMH* They really suck this gen.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

If Activision didn't kill Guitar Hero, a Chinese Democracy centric disc surly would have.

 

That album was balls.

Timstuff
Timstuff

This is what happens when you try to work with rock stars.

poco_none
poco_none

Axl - a genius that has lost his mind. I love G'n'R, the only and the REAL one. The one that died in the 90's. The current one is some kind of half-baked gnr wannabe, what a pity. Axl would deserve a kick to his balls rather than this offer.

 

Anyway, I would never purchase a game based on Chinese Democracy and much less if it comes from Activision.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It is unfortunate that the franchise has fell from grace, but it is sad that part of it is due to legal disputes that have yet to be resolved.

Darmage
Darmage

oh my god does he even hear himself speak anymore? what an aging douchebag

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Axl always seems like the d!ck of the party (every party has one show up!), but the common denominator in all this is Activision and the Guitar Hero franchise.

 

Landfills full of plastic guitars and band everywhere hating them.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

I like how the music community and the gaming community treat Axl the same way. The man hasn't earned any respect in decades.

surppo
surppo

wow still snuggling slashes sack after all these years.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Wait, doesn't he know Slash doesn't exist? Wunterslaush Is a myth. Didn't Axel's dad dress up as Slash when he was a kid? Poor guy. He's still hanging on to part of his childhood.

taisui
taisui

Chill Axl, this game's gonna taking 14 years to make!

Hjindee
Hjindee

Axl you got nothing to say.. GNR died when Slash left.. and became a shitty band.. Slash was the essence of GNR.. so suck it axl.. you're a terrible human being! (if want to know why watch the documentary - A year and a half in the life of Metallica - GNR did a shit thing with the live show.. mostly Axl's fault..dont got any respect for that man..)

dmdcsm
dmdcsm

Hey news flash Axl, GN'R died when Slash left. Chinese Democracy was a joke. Let it go brother and be glad you can still claim you were in a great band once. 

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

hang on, Activision are making $$$ off him by breaking contracts - a big no no, no matter who you are.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

 @Evanrocknuma

 No, Rose doesn't own the rights to the digital likeness of Slash.  He does own the licensing rights to Welcome to the Jungle which he released to Activision for use in Guitar Hero III under the provision that Activision would not include the likeness of Slash nor any of his songs from his other bands.  It is Rose's claim that Activision breached this provision. 

danielwd
danielwd

 @Timstuff So which one is the rock star character in this situation.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

 @HelIWithoutSin That makes a lot more sense haha. Still stand by that he's an a**hole though.  Not supporting his former band-mates.