To be clear, I have nothing against Axl Rose of his former band Guns ‘n’ Roses. I respect Slash a lot, but again, I’m not really familiar with all his stuff. Lastly, other than knowing that Guitar Hero is a video-game, I have absolutely no idea what it is and what it does. I guess you could also put it this way: I don’t really care too much about any of that.
However, it seems that Axl took some issue with Activision, the company behind Guitar Hero, and the fact that they used images of his old buddy Slash in the game. Why the heck he would care about that is unbeknownst to me. But I’m sure he had his reasons. Well, apparently Slash is all over the place and even I know that his animated images is popularly placed on the cover. And from what I learned today, Slash, or his animated alter ego, is also one of many available game characters. Well, Axl didn’t like that and alleged that this was against his agreement he had with Activision – therefore, he felt he’s entitled for a small compensation of $20M. However, an L.A. judge decided today that Axl was too late to the party and he should have come forward earlier, not two years after the fact. In the meantime, Activision was able to cash in big time with a reported revenue of $830M. Not too shabby.
A number of other artists also tried to hop on the bandwagon filing lawsuits against the company. The Romantics, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine too, seem to be no very pleased with how their characters – or the characters of their ex-spouses – are being portrayed. To be honest with you, yes it sounds a little bit weird and petty, but who knows – maybe these artists have a point and since I never played any of the Guitar Hero or Band Hero games, who am I to judge.