Chris Pitman, the former longtime member and engineer of Guns N' Roses, has filed a lawsuit against Axl Rose because of alleged unpaid debts owed by the vocalist. In the lawsuit, Pitman stated that he has been waiting for the singer to pay him since 2012.
Pitman first joined Guns N' Roses in 1998 and served as the band's backup keyboardist, bassist and percussionist. He also provided backing vocals and even worked as an engineer for the band.
According to TMZ, when Rose and the band experienced financial issues in 2011, the singer issued a promissory note to Pitman stating that former will pay for the latter's one-year salary of $125,000 in October of 2012.
As the years went by, Pitman never received money from Rose, even though the latter has already bounced back from his troubles thanks to the highly successful Not in This Lifetime Tour, which has already grossed over $100 million.
Based on Pitman's computations, Rose now owes him $163,000 because of added interest. Rose has not yet released a statement to address the lawsuit.
Pitman was supposed to be part of the Not in This Lifetime Tour but he and Guns N' Roses had a falling out earlier this year after he called the band's reunion "a money grab" opportunity, according to Loudwire. Although he apologized for what he said, he then slammed the band again by calling the tour "boring." Around that time, Pitman was replaced by Melissa Reese as the band's keyboardist for the tour.
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