Axl Rose Guns For GNR Copyrights
Wed, 08 Mar 2006 11:28:13
Axl Rose is back, baby! Well, back in the courts, at least. Just weeks after three leaked tracks from Chinese Democracy made the online rounds, Axl is busy protecting his Guns N' Roses back catalog. The 44-year-old rocker has filed a countersuit against erstwhile bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan. Just last summer, Slash and Duff -- who now play together in Velvet Revolver -- struck first, accusing Axl of tricking them out of royalties. Now Rose has an answer for the two axemen: The money ain’t yours.
Rose is asking the court to affirm that he holds the copyright for the Guns N’ Roses back catalog -- and is thus the gatekeeper for any commercial or film entity that wants to get its mitts on “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “November Rain.” According to a press release issued by Rose’s camp and posted on the Guns N’ Roses website, Slash and Duff have taken the stance that the “band’s catalogue should be exploited without careful consideration,” whereas “Axl has at all times worked diligently to maintain the artistic integrity of the band by choosing with great care which properties to license Guns N’ Roses songs to and refusing to participate in what he believed were potentially embarrassing projects.”
More bizarrely, the press release also recounts an alleged wee-hours visit to Axl’s home in October 2005 by a repentant Slash, who came with top hat in hand to disparage his fellow Velvet Revolvers and admit that Axl had bested him in their ongoing media war. Slash and Duff did not immediately return fire -- though you can bet that they will in good time. In the meantime, a note on the Velvet Revolver website indicates that the band is “in the Throes of Creation” as they work toward a follow-up to their hit debut Contraband.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff