Bad News For Axl Rose – He’s Being Sued By A Former Bandmate, But Not Who You’d Expect
Axl Better Have His Money!
After Axl Rose had the best comeback year that any rockstar could hope for with Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour raking in over $100 million in ticket sales, it looks like the ride’s about to come to a screeching halt as news broke this morning of a lawsuit being filed against the Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC frontman to the tune of $163,000 – but not by who you’d expect.
Let’s rewind: Axl hired multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman, who remained a member of Guns N’ Roses until early this year, in 1998. Featured on every single song on the band’s 2008 album Chinese Democracy, Pitman claims that Axl, too poor to pay him for services rendered in 2011, wrote him a promissory note for $125,000 as a good faith gesture towards his intention of paying the musician what he was owed in full once his financial situation stabilized. The initial due date of October, 2012 came and went and now Axl, flush with cash, has been radio silent, prompting Pitman to file a lawsuit for $163,000 – the initial $125,000 plus another $38,000 in interest.
Just…wow. Naturally, we don’t know the full story as to what’s transpired between Chris and Axl, but we certainly hope that this gets resolved quickly and that if this is true, Axl ponies up the money he owes Chris and maybe throws in a little extra for making him go through all of the extra trouble.