Axl No Guitar Hero
Maybe Axl Rose didn't make enough money off 'Chinese Democracy' sales, because he's suing left right and centre. First Dr Pepper (after they tried to capitalise on the release of the album by offering everyone a free copy of the soda on release) and now he's threatening to sue Activision, the company behind the Guitar Hero videogame series. He's written them an angry letter and everything.
Okay, here's the deal; the latest game in the series features former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash and the songs 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine'. While that's great for Guns n Roses fans, no one bothered to get Axl's approval to use the songs.
According to a rambling letter the singer sent out, he's currently looking at legal options to rectify the situation. "Yes, Slash was in Guns and on 'Welcome to the 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".
Meanwhile, Metallica are cleverly using the videogame series to make some extra cash. They've got a special edition of the game due out in 2009 featuring 28 songs by the band, alongside tracks from Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains and Queen. According to a press release on their website: "It's the worst kept secret in rock'n'roll, but we're here now to finally confirm that there will indeed be an all-Metallica Guitar Hero game released in the first half (!?) of 2009. 'Guitar Hero Metallica' allows you to play as us in either single instrument or band career game modes in your choice of some famous settings".
By allows people to play rock songs via a guitar peripheral, and therefor becoming rock star by proxy, it's no surprise that The Guitar Hero videogame series has sold over 10 million copies internationally. We've sure come a long way since Pac Man.