Axl Rose is claiming that Activision “lied and deceived” to get Welcome To The Jungle featured on Guitar Hero III. Apparently Rose was promised that if he let the song appear on the game, they wouldn’t allow either Slash or his follow-up group Velvet Revolver in the game, both of which were featured heavily within the finished product.
Now, if true, Axl does have a legitimate case here, Activision would have breached a possible contract with Rose, but does Axl really have to be a big baby about it? Welcome To The Jungle is one thing, but Axl has no right to say that Velvet Revolver or Slash couldn’t appear within the game as he doesn’t own the rights to both Velvet Revolvers music, nor Slash’s image.
‘[Activision] began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and [Velvet Revolver] prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses and the band’s song ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’
Axl, it’s fair to emphasize an association between Slash and GnR, he was in the band and is probably more iconic to it in their heyday than you were and he co-wrote the song with you, you can bitch and moan, but you can never deny an association. To be honest, it seems a strange thing to specify on an agreement “Can we use your song on our video game?” “sure, but keep my ex-guitarist away from it,” who thinks like that?
Of course, Axl Rose is more well-known for his douchebaggery than his actual music now, still chugging on the Axl Rose band and taking 13 years to make a wholly average album, coupled with cancelled tours, hilariously bad festival performances and more line-up changes than Spinal Tap’s had drummers. Here’s an ultimatum, Axl. If you’re not making music, don’t drum up publicity by being a spoiled brat, you haven’t had a succesful tour or album since the 90’s and acting like this isn’t going to change that. Also, stop being so butthurt about Slash, it’s been over 10 years and you need to stop being a child about it and move on.