The Guns N’ Roses 2016 tour has been a success, but it was also plagued with controversies. The most recent was a lawsuit reportedly filed by a former band member against Axl Rose over unpaid wages.
Ex-GNR member Chris Pitman is reportedly seeking $163,000 from Rose. He claimed Rose owed him unpaid wages back in 2011.
TMZ reported that Pitman has claimed Rose signed a promissory note stating he would pay the former band member his $125,000 unpaid salary by October 2012. Pitman asserted that since Rose has yet to pay him back, he has raised the debt to $163,000 to take account of interest. Rose has yet to issue a statement with regards to the lawsuit.
Pitman played with the band between 1998 and 2016 as GNR keyboard, bass and percussion player as well as backing vocals. He was also included in the band’s sixth album Chinese Democracy. Earlier this year, Pitman was replaced by Melissa Reese before the Guns N’ Roses 2016 tour began. He was kicked out of the band after he allegedly violated the band’s media blackout policy. Pitman previously tweeted that GNR is set to perform at Coachella 2016.
After he was excluded, he wrote on Twitter: “This is a nostalgia tour, please don’t mention those who are there the last 20 fkg years [sic] oh god no! …(a money grab) FU.” The post has since been deleted. Pitman subsequently apologized to his bandmates for his remark on social media.
The lawsuit against Axl Rose came after it was reported that Guns N’ Roses 2016 tour in North America grossed $116.8 million. GNR played in 56 dates during their Not in This Lifetime concert tour. The band is among the bestselling music groups of all time. GNR sold 45 million in the U.S. and over 100 million records worldwide.
The lawsuit against Rose does not seem to affect GNR’s upcoming tour dates.