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Guns N' Roses Front Man Sued for Unpaid Fees

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By Kamika Dunlap on April 05, 2010 1:14 PM

Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose is facing a $1.8 million lawsuit in unpaid fees.

The breach of contract lawsuit brought by Front Line Management, claims the rocker owes commission from recent performances across Asia, Canada and South America, the Associated Press reports.

Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the lawsuit claims that the company had an oral agreement to represent Rose as his personal manager. In addition, the company did not collect the 15% of the commission from the performances, based on their arrangement with Rose. 

The performances abroad grossed nearly $12.5 million.

Front Line Management was founded by Irving Azoff. He is also the executive chairman of Live Nation, which has represented the Eagles and Joe Walsh.

Industry giant, Live Nation was created through a merger of the Ticketmaster ticketing firm and the Live Nation concert promotion and facility management company.

According to the breach of contract lawsuit, Front Line claims the company is owed more than $1,870,500 in unpaid fees.

The complaint alleges causes of action for breach of contract, common count and accounting.

Typically, a breach of contract is one party's failure to live up to any of his or her responsibilities under a contract.

A breach of contract can occur by:

  • the failure to perform as promised;
  • making it impossible for the other party to perform; or
  • the repudiation of the contract (announcing an intent not to perform)

When a breach of contract happens (or when a breach is alleged), generally, one or both of the parties may wish to have the contract enforced on its terms, or may try to recover for any financial harm caused by the alleged breach.

The main remedies for a breach of contract include damages, specific performance, cancellation and restitution.