Guns N’ Roses had a very successful reunion tour but frontman Axl Rose is not out of the woods yet as he still has some debts to pay. Rumors are swirling that Rose owes former band member Chris Pitman a total of $163,000 with interest.
TMZ reported that Rose originally owed Pitman $125,000 and wrote a promissory note that he will pay his due. But Pitman stated that Rose never paid a single penny as the singer and songwriter had to settle his due back in 2012. Now Pitman is making noise after hearing that Guns N’ Roses snag a profit of over $116.8 million from their recent “Not in This Lifetime” World Tour.
In the report, Rose announced bankruptcy in 2011 and promised to pay Pitman for the service he rendered the band. Pitman joined the band in 1998 and played as the band’s second keyboardist, second bassist, backup vocals, percussionist, and programming at times. He was also noted as one of the longest-serving band member co-writing songs that in the band’s sixth album “Chinese Democracy.”
Hearing that Guns N’ Roses hauled a lot of money from their reunion tour and two pre-reunion shows in Las Vegas and another pair at Coachella. Pitman added that it is time for Rose to face him and pay his debt.
Aside from Rose, also featured in the reunion tour were Slash, Duff McKagan, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, and Melissa Reese. Rose has not issued a statement about the charges as he is busy doing vocal chores for AC/DC.
Rose will take the vocal chores for the band in their Rock or Bust World Tour. AC/DC will wrap up their tour at the Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night before concluding in Philadelphia next week.
Aside from Guns N’ Roses, Rose also took over for AC/DC’s singer Brian Johnson because of a hearing problem. Now that Rose has a bunch of cash, Pitman feels it is time for the rock icon to pay what he owes.
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