Guns N' Roses shot down in Guitar Hero lawsuit
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Photo: AP
A US judge has dismissed Axl Rose's lawsuit against the makers of popular video game Guitar Hero.
The Guns N' Roses frontman accused Activision Blizzard bosses of acting fraudulently in 2010, alleging they had illegally used his band's music and included an image of former guitarist Slash in 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - despite promising not to feature any reference to the ex-bandmate or his new group, Velvet Revolver.
He built his case around the claim that the company had duped him into lending Welcome to the Jungle to Guitar Hero III, which then heavily featured Saul "Slash" Hudson as a playable character, with Velvet Revolver songs Messages, She Build Quick Machines and Slither, and appearing on the game's cover, despite his objections.
Rose describedWelcome to the Jungle as a “highly renowned rock song of immense popularity regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the greatest hard rock songs of all time”, according to court papers obtained by the Los Angeles publication, the San Marino Tribune.
Rose's fraud and misrepresentation claims were originally thrown out in 2012 when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer ruled the statute of limitations had expired on the case, but he allowed Rose to proceed with his charge of breach of contract in January.
However, last week, Judge Palmer threw out the remainder of the 51-year-old's allegations after more dissmissal submissions were successful on the grounds that the claims were made too late, according to the San Marino Tribune.
Rose and his former guitarist have been locked in a furious war of words with each other ever since Slash quit the group in 1996.
WENN, with Aja Styles