Activision began "spinning a web of lies" to conceal the fact Slash and Velvet Revolver was to be a major feature in the game, alleges Axel Rose lawyers.
The claim from Axel Rose cites that Activision "began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and VR prominently in GH III, but also promote the game by emphasising and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N Roses and the band's song Welcome to the Jungle."
Frontman Rose allegedly revoked permission for the publisher to use Welcome to the Jungle in the game when he learnt Slash was being featured in it. Activision then apparently informed Axel Rose that he was only included as part of a trade show.
Sweet Child O' Mine shouldn't have been used to advertise Guitar Hero III either adds the lawsuit, noting that it was only licensed for use in Guitar Hero II. "This lawsuit is about protecting Guns N' Roses and Welcome to the Jungle, and is about holding Activision accountable for its misuse of these incredibly valuable assets," said attorneys.
"The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages." That'll hurt Activision given the recent flop receptions of their music genre line-up. Courtney Love went to war with Activision over Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5.