Guns N’ Roses‘ Axl Rose is reportedly being sued by a former touring band member who claims he is owed over £100,000 in unpaid wages.
According to TMZ, Chris Pitman is seeking $163,000 (£123,000) from the band’s frontman.
Pitman played in Guns N’ Roses between 1998 and 2016, mainly as the band’s second keyboardist and second bass player. During that period, he also added backing vocals and percussion.
The alleged debt is said to date back to 2011, when Rose, reportedly pleasing poverty at the time, allegedly said in a signed document that he would pay $125,000 (£95,00) in unpaid wages to Pitman by October 2012.
Because Pitman claims not to have been paid back yet, he has raised the debt to the larger sum of $163,000 (£123,000) to take account of interest. Rose has yet to comment on the reported lawsuit.
News of the lawsuit comes within days of Billboard reporting that the North American leg of Guns N’ Roses’ comeback tour grossed a massive $116.8 million (£88 million) this summer.
The Not in This Lifetime… Tour, which saw Rose reunite with Slash and Duff McKagan for the first time since 1993, took in 56 dates in North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Oceania. At present, no European dates have been announced.