In March, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan joined forces with their old singer in Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, to file a lawsuit against their former label to prevent it from releasing a Guns N’ Roses greatest-hits album. They lost.
Now, Slash (a.k.a. Saul Hudson), McKagan and Rose again have their names on a legal document, only this time their union is adversarial: the two members of Velvet Revolver are suing Axl for at least $1 million, according to “Celebrity Justice.”
In the suit, Rose is accused of rejecting requests to use old Guns N’ Roses songs in major motion pictures even though he lacks controlling interest in the material. Slash and McKagan added that they weren’t consulted when their ex-bandmate nixed lucrative offers from the makers of “We Were Soldiers,” “Death to Smoochy,” “Old School” and “Just Married.”
The suit also claims Rose killed negotiations with the producers of “Black Hawk Down,” who wanted to use “Welcome to the Jungle” in their movie. He allegedly had wanted to re-record the track with the new members of GN’R he had hired so Slash and McKagan wouldn’t receive any licensing payment.
Rose’s management had no comment on the suit.