Axl & Co. deny lawsuit claims
By percy thrillington Oct 7, 2009 11:14AM
Following yesterday's bombshell about Ulrich Schnauss's labels lawsuit against Axl Rose & Guns'n'Roses/Interscope/Universal/MilitaryIndustrialComplex for using uncleared Schnaussamples on The Chinese Democracry track "Riad 'N the Bedouins," comes the following denial from G'N'R manager (and longtime music biz huckster) Irving Azoff:
The band believed when the record came out and still believes that there are no unauthorized samples on the track. The snippets of 'ambient noise' in question were provided by a member of the album's production team who has assured us that these few seconds of sound were obtained legitimately. Artists these days can't read the minds of those they collaborate with and therefore are unfortunately vulnerable to claims like this one. While the band resents the implication that they would ever use another artist's work improperly and are assessing possible counterclaims, they are confident this situation will be satisfactorily resolved.
Not exactly what you'd call massively convincing, right? The old subtly shifting the blame to "a member of the album's production team" gambit, eh?