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It looks like Axl Rose’s ongoing feud with former GNR guitarist Slash may end up costing him a lot in legal fees.
The singer filed a $20 million lawsuit against Activision Blizzard (maker of Guitar Hero) back in November of 2010 following the release of their third installment of the game. Billboard reports that Axl had given the company permission to use the GNR hit “Welcome to the Jungle” in GHIII under the stipulation that Slash could not be referenced anywhere within the game.
As many gamers know, Slash not only appears on the cover of Guitar Hero III, but the guitarists’ band, Velvet Revolver, also has music featured in the game, which Rose claims in a breach of contract.
However, in true Axl form, the rocker was a bit late in filing the claim (more than three years late to be exact), as the game was released in October of 2007. His tardiness may end up working against him, as the judge reportedly stated on Thursday (January 31st) that he was considering dismissing the case entirely because of it.
Rose attempted to explain the three year delay, stating in a deposition (via Billboard):
"The reason I did not file a lawsuit is because Activision - through my managers and representatives - offered me a separate video game and other business proposals worth millions of dollars to resolve and settle my claims relating to 'GHIII’. From December 2007 through November 2010, Activision was offering me a Guns N' Roses-dedicated video game, a game dedicated to music from the 'Chinese Democracy' album, and other proposals."
Documents also state that one of Rose’s lawyers did send an email objecting to the game soon after its release.
Under a contractual statute of limitations, Rose and his legal team argue that he has four years to file a suit. However, the judge has suggested that much of the agreement was made on oral promises, which would only give him two years.
A final ruling on the case is expected soon, and so far, things aren’t looking like they’re going to work out in Axl’s favor.
For more on this story, head to Billboard.com.
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