The more we think about it, the more we understand why Activision has moved on from including real celebrities in their Guitar Hero titles, seeing as how they’ve been sued by No Doubt over their appearance in Band Hero, and Courtney Love, over Kurt Cobain’s appearance in Guitar Hero 5, in the past. Activision has even been sued by Axl Rose over an appearance by Slash in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Now, however, Activision appears to have more litigation coming their way, as Adam Levine is now filing a lawsuit against the publishing giant. According to the lawsuit, Levine was unaware that his likeness would be used outside of the game’s sole Maroon 5 song, “She Will Be Loved.” This discrepancy is being called a “breach of contract” by the singer, who recently appeared as a judge on the hit show, The Voice.
It’s somewhat ironic that the one game that spawned two lawsuits, Band Hero, was also the game that took the most precautions with the celebrity likenesses. In order to prevent players having Taylor Swift and Adam Levine singing songs from GWAR and Metallica, Band Hero limited players from selecting celebrities unless they are playing an on-disc song.
So this really begs the question: were Activision’s contracts with these celebrities really that vague, or are these celebrities really this spoiled? It seems strange that more than one of them would sue the company over similar issues, but, at the same time, I could see how once one did it, the floodgates of “me too!” would open.
We know it was the moment that Gwen Stefani saw her likeness singing “Honky Tonk Woman” in Mick Jagger’s voice that made her sue the company, so this leaves us wondering if Levine had a similar moment. I’m going to guess he saw himself singing Papa Roach. That’d push me over the edge too.