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2010.05.18 - The New York Times - Axl Rose Sues His Former Manager for $5 Million

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Post by Blackstar on Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:34 am

Axl Rose Sues His Former Manager for $5 Million

By Ben Sisario
May 18, 2010

Perhaps no day in the life of Guns N’ Roses is complete without news of both a new “vook” and a mud-slinging lawsuit.

Axl Rose has filed a $5 million lawsuit against his former manager, Irving Azoff, saying that he sabotaged sales of Guns N’ Roses’ comeback album and lied about a potential “super tour” with Van Halen (which Mr. Azoff manages) as part of a plan to force Mr. Rose to reunite with his estranged former band members.

Mr. Rose, the lead singer and only remaining original member of Guns N’ Roses, says in his suit that Mr. Azoff failed to promote his 2008 album, “Chinese Democracy,” and deliberately mishandled concert dates, “forcing Rose into a position where he would have no choice but to reunite with the original members of Guns N’ Roses for a reunion tour.”

It is a response to another lawsuit filed in March by Mr. Azoff (who in addition to being a leading artist manager is also the executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment), which said Mr. Rose owed him $1.9 million in unpaid management fees. Mr. Azoff became Mr. Rose’s manager in early 2008, and “Chinese Democracy” was released in November through an exclusive retail deal with Best Buy.

The suit — which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and TMZ, within minutes of each other — was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.

Mr. Rose also accuses Mr. Azoff of name-calling. “Out of spite and vindictiveness to cause Rose emotional distress and harm,” his suit says, the lawsuit Mr. Azoff filed in March uses Mr. Rose’s adopted name, William Bailey, instead of his legal name, W. Axl Rose. “Azoff knew that the name William Bailey carries significant emotional damage.”

Asked to comment on Mr. Rose’s suit, Mr. Azoff said in a statement on Tuesday, “On advice of counsel I cannot respond at this time, but will discuss in my upcoming book, ‘My Life With William Bill Bailey.’ ”

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