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) -- Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose is suing

Activision Blizzard


for $20 million over the video game maker's use of the song

Welcome to the Jungle


Guitar Hero III


Axl Rose

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Rose claims that Activision did not honor the terms of their licensing agreement. He said that executives had guaranteed that the game would not feature former band member Slash or his band, Velvet Revolver.

However, Rose is now accusing Activision of "spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and Velvet Revolver prominently in

Guitar Hero III

, but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song

Welcome To The Jungle

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The game includes a playable animated character modeled after Slash. The character wears a top hat and dark glasses and has curly black hair similar to Slash's.

The suit also says Activision owes Rose damages because he only licensed the use of the song

Sweet Child O' Mine


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, but feels it was used in an online promotion for the sequel.

Axl Rose and his publisher, Black Frog, are filing for damages as well as "Activision's wrongfully-acquired profits," which could be more than $20 million.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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