Axl Rose, lead singer of the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, has experienced a bit of a setback in regards to his lawsuit against the makers of the popular video game Guitar Hero. According to MSN, a judge has thrown out part of the case against the developers, though its believed this dilemma won’t have an effect on other aspects of the lawsuit.
Axl Rose believes that executives at Activision Blizzard used the band’s songs without permission when they released Guitar Hero III back in 2007. To make matters worse, the game also included a likeness of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, which Rose also claims was used without consent. Unfortunately for Axl, he waited a little too long to file the lawsuit. As such, a Los Angeles judge has dismissed a portion of the suit since it doesn’t fall within the statute of limitations.
However, there’s still hope for the rocker’s lawsuit against the developers. Starpulse reports that a breach of contract lawsuit is still on the table. To settle the dispute between Rose and the makers of Guitar Hero III, Activision Blizzard agreed to make a game based around the music of Guns N’ Roses. Since the bottom has pretty much dropped out on the music game genre, the company never delivered the goods. Naturally, Rose wants compensation.
Of course, everything isn’t just lawsuits and contractual breaches in Axl’s world. Guns N’ Roses, of which Rose is the only remaining original member, will begin its Las Vegas residency this October. The band is scheduled to perform a dozen shows before wrapping things up in November. Tickets, which are priced around $45, go on sale August 17.
Axl Rose’s lawsuit with the makers of Guitar Hero will go to trial next February. As far as that Guns N’ Roses game is concerned, I wouldn’t hold your breath.