Axl Rose Slams 'Guitar Hero'

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose has slammed Activision, the makers of computer game Guitar Hero, for using his band's songs in the game.

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Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose has slammed Activision, the makers of computer game Guitar Hero, for using his band's songs in the game.

In an open letter to fans, the singer hinted that legal proceedings may occur, saying that "it'll need some sorting".

Rose said that he didn't object to former Guns guitarist Slash being involved in the game, but claimed that the songs "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" were being used in an "unauthorised" state.

"Him [Slash] being [in] 'Guitar Hero''s fine but not when Activison is using 'Jungle' unauthorized," he wrote in the garbled letter.

"I wasn't broadsided," he continued. "I read about it as it moved along but Activision continually denied it right up to the release. That's some low life chicanery on all their parts.

"Yes, Slash was in Guns and on 'Jungle' and he has rights to perform it, but not to be represented in this context in association with Guns. And since they weren't granted the license it'll take some sorting."

Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    stratdud39
    axl rose is the biggest dick in the music industry... ...but if the old GNR got back than that would bbe like one of the best moments in rock and roll history unfortunately, that is highly unlikely to happen after reading slashs book a while back
    snaaake
    PurpleDinosaur This. Also, whoever said SCoM is a cover song... kill yourself.
    It was covered in the game, they didn't use the actual song. Nobody said Guns covered it themselves.
    G-loony
    Okay... This has convinced me to say that AXL you're a real ass. I didn't believe you where that stupid... but you are. What's next suing THE WORLD for LISTENING to one of his SONGS. ??
    LedZeppelin9345
    if axl wasnt so stupid he would have jumped on the bandwagon and made some money out of it himself
    lewis_grey
    Doesn't he realize that this is essentially free publicity, soon artists will probably have to pay to have their material in games like this.
    Guns-N-Roses94
    Ok, usually i understand Axl's protests, but this is not very uhhmm agreeable. It doesnt matter if there are 2 songs on Guitar Hero, the world wont go down and Axl will not die. But still Axl's the greatest Frontman ever !!
    xcmasta91
    axl do us a favor and just kill yourself so we dont hav to hear from u anymore about stupid crap
    shredder_666
    "axl just wants a lawsued so that he can make back the money he wasted on chinese democracy" -HA HA thats funny i agree. Jesus Tap dancing christ. You know i used to hate guitar hero because im a ten year guitar player and saw this as an insult but its just a fun game when it all comes down to it. it will never compare to the real guitar but its a fun game for people to play and it promotes great music. Axl is such a dickhole, you must realize that when you record and release a song it no longer belongs to you, it belongs to the fans, Axl apparently recorded sweet child o mine so only he could listen to it is that it?
    thelizardprince
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    xcmasta91 wrote: axl do us a favor and just kill yourself so we dont hav to hear from u anymore about stupid crap
    but that would probably make him a legend do you really want that?
    guitaringnathan
    Tomamo5 wrote: yeah. but its GUITAR HERO. and its SLASH who wrote the guitar parts. not axl. yeah. i agree. axl rose seems like such a .
    no izzy wrote alot of the stuff, why isnt izzy gettin a check, ya'll are too busy sucking slash to notice poor izzy
    freshtunes
    Axl rose is a douche bag, but if they really did use his music without permission he has every right to be upset.
    vitriolis
    he hadn't spoken since 1994 and now every day we read something he said.What happened Axl?People forgot you??!?!?!?!?
    David_Bowie=GOD
    guitaringnathan wrote: Tomamo5 wrote: yeah. but its GUITAR HERO. and its SLASH who wrote the guitar parts. not axl. yeah. i agree. axl rose seems like such a . no izzy wrote alot of the stuff, why isnt izzy gettin a check, ya'll are too busy sucking slash to notice poor izzy
    GnR was NOT just slash and axl
    Godzillax22
    Always wants to be the center of attention. Everyone thinks hes a douche for that.
    Godzillax22
    And IF azl is saying that its not only slash, but also him, hes leaving out duff and izzy and the rest. Show some consistency you selfish shit!
    lespol90
    i think axls doin this cuz he need the money! chinese dem didnt sell that good
    greenkitty
    UG is always posting about Axl. If there's ever day where Axl isn't sueing somebody,UG will post: "Today Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose walked outside to pick up his newspaper. Rose became enraged that he couldn't read the paper because of his lack of littery skills and threw the paper at a neighbor. Axl stormed into his house and made some toast. Rose then fell asleep watching ESPN on mute."
    vandal_12
    I want to fight this guy. Seriously, in the off-chance I run into him on the street sometime in my life I'm taking him down.
    gary allmond
    Axl Rose has every right to be angry, but he's using it to get attention. He's upset because it's about Guns' and not him. He's an ego maniac, and only cares about himself!!!
    David_Bowie=GOD
    theres already a thread on this in the pit. either way, axl needs to take a grammar class. He can't write for $h!t!!
    David_Bowie=GOD
    also, i just noticed that this deals with two of the most hated things on ug guitar hero and axl rose im taking guitar hero's side on this though, axl is just trying to sue as many people as he can to make back all the money he lost with chinese democracy. It cost him over 12 million to make that album, he hasn't made anything near close to that in sales yet.
    midnightmusicxx
    Axl really is a dumbass. if slash has the right to perform doesn't he have a right to sell it (or w/e you wanna call it)? chinese democracy sucks. and i am ashamed to be a guns n' roses fan because of the new stuff they have. the old stuff kick ass. g n' r is nothing without slash.
    fr33t0m
    Slash wrote the song, and Ive seen interviews about slash creating the riff as a joke at first. Axl is a dildo for trying to own art that he didn't create.
    T.Rextacy
    ain't it funny how all these ''musicians'' on UG don't have a clue what the word ROYALTIES means.
    Jacx
    Funny thing was axl made money off of that. So many people didnt know that song and they started to buy it. and who gets the money.....???? anyone off the top of your head. Im pretty sure everyone whos up to date knows AXL gets the money so why the hell is he bitching. They used slash because hes a GUITAR ICON. Axl didnt play guitar, its not singer hero, its guitar hero, so they used Slash. Maybe if he spent less time bitching he could have gotten chinese democracy out sooner.
    Thienskater
    I wouldn't be suprised if Axl sued Guitar Hero. He's always got something to complain about.
    PurpleDinosaur
    bassmanjoe08 wrote: 1) Thats hardly "slamming" Guitar Hero 2) He's NOT suing Activision, that was the author's suggestion 3)The REST of what Axl said in that post was a very informative, very reasonable explanation on his side of the "old Guns" story, but thats not here is it? Just "OMG Asshole Rose is suing again!!1!" 4) Give three examples where he is egotistical. I challenge you. Theres always more than what YOU want to beleive (truth). 5)If you dont like Axl/Guns, why the **** do you post on their news articles 6) Blah blah standard overly sentimental band-name Nazis comment blah blah blah 7) Youre all ****s.
    This. Also, whoever said SCoM is a cover song... kill yourself.
    Shread_6009
    i gotta say, isnt it ironic how everyone says stuff like "axl doesnt talk to the press because the always mis-represent him" "axl hasnt done an interview since 1994" "axl prefers to be a recluse""axl doesnt do press" yet every week, he releases a "private" letter that gets released to every news source that still bothers with him, and theres g n r articles evry few months in magazines, either about him, or with his band. hes really an attention ***** thats in denial
    Cresspo
    dude, this guy's got some sand in his vagina, he's so cranky and pissed at everyone and everything. He should sue less and play more.
    Chrisiphone
    I'm surprised he hasn't sued them already for one of the character being called Axl... Silly Mr Rose.