DOWNTOWN — Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will get his day in court, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday.
Rose is suing Santa Monica-based video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc. for $20 million for using a Guns N’ Roses song in its hit franchise “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” video game.
Rose claims Activision reneged on a promise to not use images of the bands former guitarist, Saul “Slash” Hudson, in the game. After a short conference with attorneys in chambers, Judge Charles Palmer scheduled the trial for Jan. 23.
“Simply put, the association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses ended almost 15 years ago. Rose resists any attempts to revive or strengthen this past association,” the complaint states.
Activision has denied any wrongdoing.
Rose’s court papers described the contested song, “Welcome to the Jungle,” as a “highly renowned rock song of immense popularity regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the greatest hard rock songs of all time.” It was the second single from the band’s debut studio album, “Appetite for Destruction,” which was released in 1987. The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the first song co-written by vocalist Rose and Slash.
“Guitar Hero III” has generated well over $1 billion for Activision, according to the singer’s lawsuit, filed Nov. 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court.