Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has reportedly settled the legal action brought against him and the band by former keyboardist Chris Pitman. According to TMZ, the exact terms of the settlement were confidential, but Pitman apparently accepted “much less” than the $163,000 he requested in his suit. Pitman claimed that Rose wrote him a promissory note for $125,000 that Pitman was supposed to receive for one year’s work, but Rose never paid the sum by its due date of October 2012. The additional $37,000 was interest.
- Pitman joined Guns N’ Roses in 1998 and remained in the band’s lineup until earlier this year. During his time with the band, Pitman served as a second keyboardist, second bassist, provided backing vocals and added some percussion and programming during the group’s shows. He also did some co-writing with the band over the years.
- Pitman appeared on every track on the last Guns album, 2008’s Chinese Democracy, and was one of the longest-serving members of the pre-reunion lineup.
- Earlier in the year, Pitman called the current Guns reunion a “nostalgia tour” on Twitter, but quickly apologized and claimed he was drunk when he wrote the post.
- Only keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer from the previous lineup joined original members Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on the reunion tour, which kicked off last spring and is scheduled to continue into 2017. New member Melissa Reese has taken over a lot of the duties that formerly went to Pitman.