GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmate Slash, seeking a federal judge's confirmation of the singer's ownership of his "own creative works". Rose's filing comes in response to a federal suit filed last summer (05) by Slash, real name SAUL HUDSON, who accused the rocker of changing the publisher of the group's copyrighted songs without discussing his decision with his ex-bandmates. In a statement accompanying the suit, Rose's attorneys write, "Axl has, at all times, worked diligently to maintain the artistic integrity of the band by choosing with great care which properties to license Guns N' Roses songs to." The statement also claims Slash showed up at Rose's door last October (05) to offer a truce, and poked fun at his own Velvet Revolver bandmates, calling Duff Mckagan "spineless" and singer Scott Weiland a "fraud". The statement continues, "Axl regrets having to spend time and energy on these distractions, but he has a responsibility to protect the Guns N' Roses legacy and expose the truth."