Image Credit: Photopress PR/Splash NewsThe legal papers Axl Rose filed against former manager Irving Azoff in L.A. on Monday don’t include the exact words “Get In the Ring,” but that’s the general message. You may recall that Azoff, who is also the chairman of ticketing/concert promotion megalith Live Nation Entertainment, sued the Guns N’ Roses singer this spring for $1.87 million in allegedly unpaid fees. Now Rose is striking back with an epic 28-page counter-complaint that essentially paints Azoff as the worst manager in history.
E! Online has the full papers as well as a helpful summary of the accusations Rose makes therein. The countersuit is a highly entertaining read. In one corner stands “one of rock’s all-time great frontmen.” In the other is the allegedly sinister figure to whom said frontman once entrusted his career. Azoff, the complaint claims, “uses his power to punish artists and harm their careers if they do not follow his orders. That is what happened here.” More specifically: “Azoff wanted Guns N’ Roses to fail by sabotaging its touring and record sales, breaking up the current lineup, and 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.” (That reunion tour, of course, never happened.) Azoff’s attorney did not immediately respond to the Music Mix’s request for comment.
Head over to E! to peruse the whole thing. What do you think of this mess? Who, if anyone, is in the right here?
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