GUNS N' ROSES: Welcome To Axl's Jungle

January 9, 2002

The music supervisor for the new Ridley Scott movie, Black Hawk Down (due in theaters on January 18th) confirmed to Allstar that that her company had been dealing unsuccessfully with GUNS N' ROSES' reps to include a remake of the song “Welcome To The Jungle” in the soundtrack, due out on January 15th. "I found out that it's incredibly difficult to license GUNS N' ROSES songs," Kathy Nelson told Allstar. "We tried for the rights to the original masters, and then a re-recorded version. We came close, but it just wasn't going to happen." Although Nelson claims that she has no knowledge of the group's internal business, it was previously reported that the song in question was eventually excluded from the movie and the accompanying soundtrack due to legal issues stemming from the fact that old band members (and in particular guitarist Slash) would have had to sign off on it, which is something that vocalist Axl Rose has implied the axeman wasn't willing to do. The track "Minstrel Boy" by ex-THE CLASH frontman Joe Strummer was used instead.

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