GUNS N' ROSES Singer Loses Motion To Stop Release Of Early Recordings

July 7, 2004

On Tuesday, July 6, United States District Court Judge Gary A. Fees denied the motion of W. Axl Rose and his GUNS N' ROSES partnership for a preliminary injunction against Los Angeles-based independent record label Cleopatra Records. Rose had sought an injunction against the release of the album entitled "Hollywood Rose – The Roots Of Guns N' Roses".

In early June, Rose sued Cleopatra Records for trademark infringement, violation of rights in his name and likeness, and for unfair competition. The singer was trying to prevent the label from releasing original HOLLYWOOD ROSE recordings from early 1984. HOLLYWOOD ROSE is the band Rose formed with Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber and Johnny Kreis before Rose and Stradlin went on to become part of the biggest rock 'n' roll band in the world, GUNS N' ROSES.

The five original tracks were purchased by Cleopatra from guitarist Chris Weber, who performed on the record and who paid for the recordings back in 1984. On June 22, 2004, Deadline Music, a label of Cleopatra Records, released the original five songs with added remixes by former GUNS N' ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke and CINDERELLA drummer Fred Coury.

The decision of the United States District Court can be downloaded as a PDF file at this location (1 MB).

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