A judge says their claim for breach of contract over the release of a 'Greatest Hits' compilation cannot continue...

Guns N’ Roses have failed in a legal bid to prevent the release of the band’s ‘GREATEST HITS’ album.

Axl Rose formed an unlikely alliance with former members Slash and Duff McKagan to try to prevent Geffen from releasing the album, claiming that the alteration of masters without permission constitutes a breach of contract.

A statement released by Sanctuary Artist Management, the band claim they have “not been given the opportunity to approve the choice of songs, the artwork, the release date or the re-mastering done on the tracks included on this compilation.”

Rose was also: “concerned that not only will their audience be misled into believing that the planned compilation is an unauthorised release, but that it will hinder the release of the band’s long-awaited new studio album ‘Chinese Democracy’.”

Now, according to Reuters, a Los Angeles court has thrown out the bid. Peter LoFrumento, a spokesperson for Universal Music, who own Geffen, said: “Their lawsuit is meritless. Fortunately, since the court has denied their application for a temporary restraining order, the album will be released as scheduled on March 23.”

‘Chinese Democracy’ is the long-delayed and troubled follow-up to the band’s last release, 1993 covers album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’.