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Understanding the drama that is G-n-R!

This month has produced more twists and turns in the saga that is Guns-n-Roses than Joan Rivers has had plastic surgery...

Here's the article from the LA Times about Front Line Management's Lawsuit:

Front Line Management is suing Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose for about $1.8 million in management commissions Front Line claims the singer owes for recent performances across Asia, Canada and South America.

Front Line Management is suing Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose for about $1.8 million in management commissions Front Line claims the singer owes for recent performances across Asia, Canada and South America.

Front Line’s suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that around August 2008 the company entered into an oral agreement to represent Rose as his personal manager, and that the company has not been paid the 15% commission that Rose agreed to pay stemming from performances that grossed nearly $12.5 million.

Rose could not be reached immediately for comment.

A Front Line spokesman said Thursday that the filing “speaks for itself” and company officials would have no further comment.

Front Line is the heavyweight management firm headed by industry veteran Irving Azoff, who also is executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, the new industry giant created by the recent merger of the Ticketmaster ticketing firm and the Live Nation concert promotion and facility management company.

One would think it's pretty cut and dried... well in the world of Axl Rose, nothing is really cut and dried as this article from TMZ shows:

Rose just filed a counter suit against Azoff -- his former manager -- claiming Azoff tried to strong-arm Rose into a reunion tour with the original members of GNR. When Rose nixed the idea on the heels of the Chinese Democracy tour last year, Azoff did everything he could to screw Axl ... so he claims.

Among other things, Rose claims Azoff tried "devising and implementing a secret plan to set up Rose and the band for failure so that Rose would have no choice but to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses' members."

Rose believes Azoff was so vicious he even used Axl's childhood name -- something that carries heavy emotional baggage -- when he filed the initial lawsuit for commissions. Rose says the name William Bailey "carries significant emotional damage from Rose's childhood" and that Azoff knew it because of numerous personal and confidential conversations.

Rose is countersuing for $5 mil minimum.

UPDATE: The gloves are off! Azoff just took a shot at Axl by releasing the following statement: "On advice of counsel I cannot respond at this time, but will discuss in my upcoming book, 'My Life with William Bill Bailey.'”

I'd be suing old band mates and manager's too if my name was Bill Bill Bailey!!!




 
05/27/2010 2:36PM
Understanding the drama that is G-n-R!
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