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Axl Rose slams Activision for use of tracks in Guitar Hero

18 December 2008

Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose has suggested that he may be seeking legal action against publishing giant Activision, alleging the firm included his group’s tracks in its popular Guitar Hero franchise without permission.

Rose, 46, stated in a message to fans that he has no qualms with former guitarist Slash appearing in the music simulation title, though claims the tracks ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ were featured in an “unauthorized” state.

“Slash being in Guitar Hero is fine, but no when Activision in using ‘Jungle’ unauthorized,” said Rose. “I wasn’t broadsided. 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.”

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