GN'R Members Lose Bid To Halt Greatest Hits Record

Judge turns down petition for restraining order against Geffen Records.

On Monday, three original members of Guns N' Roses announced they were suing Geffen Records to stop release of the band's Greatest Hits record, and that same day a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles ruled in favor of the record label.

The court turned down the band's petition for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Geffen. The disc will come out March 23 as planned.

Greatest Hits features 14 songs, including such hit singles as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City" "November Rain," "Patience" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" (see "Guns N' Roses' Greatest Due In March, But Axl May Intervene").

Singer W. Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan had joined forces to block the release of the record because they claim they had no say in the choice of songs, artwork, release date or remastering.

In a press statement, the band's management said, "Not only will audiences be misled into believing that the planned compilation is an authorized release, but [the Greatest Hits album] will hinder the release of the band's long-awaited new studio album, Chinese Democracy."

The press statement added that "there has been a massive outcry among the band's loyal audience against the Greatest Hits record" and that the fans "believe the track selection is fundamentally flawed, does not reflect the band's best work and is clearly not the ultimate package that would be selected by the band or their fanbase if they were given the opportunity."

A Geffen spokesperson refused to comment.

[This story was updated at 4:23 p.m. ET on 03.16.2004]