Axl Rose’s former managers have slapped him with a roughly $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns n’ Roses leader reneged on a verbal agreement from 2008. The $1.9 million represents the 15 percent commission Irving Azoff’s Front Line Management was promised of the estimated $12 million Gn’R have earned so far in their tours of Southeast Asia, Canada and South America.
In legal documents filed yesterday at Los Angeles’ Superior Court, Front Line accuse Axl, or “William Bill Bailey” as he’s referred to in the complaint, of breach of contract for “failing and refusing” to pay Front Line the promised fees. Neither Front Line nor Guns n’ Roses’ camp have commented on the lawsuit, and Rose has yet to remark on it on his active Twitter feed. Guns n’ Roses are currently on tour in South America.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Rose revealed last month that he is now managed by Doc McGhee, Kiss’ manager since 1996 and the man credited with helping artists like Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Hootie & the Blowfish rise to fame. The sudden shift in management came less than two years after Rose revealed that he’d joined forces with Azoff’s Front Line, which helped broker the deal between Guns n’ Roses and Best Buy for the exclusive release of Chinese Democracy in 2008. Months after signing Gn’R, Front Line Management was purchased by Ticketmaster, and Azoff was elevated to CEO of that company.
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