Guns ‘N Roses frontman Axl Rose has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard accusing the company of violating an agreement by using images of the bands former guitarist Saul Hudson (Slash), while using the Guns N’ Roses song “Welcome to the Jungle” in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock.
According to Reuters , Rose is accusing Blizzard Activision of fraudulently inducing the frontman by assuring him that Guitar Hero III wouldn’t feature any references to the former GNR guitarist or his band Velvet Revolver.
Rose claims that upon discovering Slash’s involvement with GHIII and the extensive use of “Welcome to the Jungle” to emphasize the guitarist’s relationship to the song, Rose immediately rescinded the song rights.
The complaint further states that the Guns ‘N Roses song “Sweet Child O Mine” was used in an online promotion for Legends of Rock, despite the song only being licensed for use in Guitar Hero II.
“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,” says Rose lawyer Skip Miller, “The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages.”
Activision has not yet responded to the lawsuit.