Despite the fact that Slash had nothing to do with Guns N' Roses' ongoing popularity and success since 1996, his association with the band lingers, at least as far as certain member of the media are concerned.
This lawsuit is one of the dumbest things Axl has ever pulled.
Only if he loses. Pretty smart if he wins if you ask me. I'd take a free $20 million.
The lawsuit itself makes sense to file as Activision lied to Axl (as it's claimed) but for Axl to repeatedly email Activision asking and making sure that Slash/VR's image won't be used in the game because it will "distort perception of the band's image" is ridiculous. Slash is a huge part of GNR's image and if Axl cares THAT much about changing that, he could start by releasing his own music, making public appearances, and doing band-like things. All of those would work better then filing lawsuits to attempt to discontinue Slash's association with GNR's legacy.
At the trial, Axl (sure he won't be there, but he should attend) should be asked: 'if your focus is for the future, the future of your new band, why did not simply offer a song by the current line up?'.