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Former Guns N' Roses multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman has sued Guns singer Axl Rose, claiming that Rose owes him an unpaid debt for services Pitman provided to the group. According to TMZ, Pitman claims that Rose wrote him a promissory note for $125,000 that he was owed for over a year's worth of work. Pitman claims that Rose was supposed to pay up by October 2012, but has failed to do so and now owes him more than $163,000 with interest.
- Pitman joined Guns N' Roses in 1998 and remained in the band's lineup until earlier this year, making him one of the longest-serving members of the pre-reunion lineup.
- During his time with the band, Pitman played keyboards, additional bass and additional percussion, while also providing backing vocals and programming during the group's shows. He also did some co-writing with the band over the years and appears on every song on the 2008 Guns album Chinese Democracy.
- But Pitman was passed over for this year's reunion tour, which featured Rose and fellow founders Slash and Duff McKagan backed by latter-day members Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer as well as a new keyboardist named Melissa Reese.
- Earlier this year, Pitman apologized for calling the reunion a "nostalgia tour." In a social media post that was later deleted. Pitman wrote: "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."
- He later went on Twitter and wrote, "I sincerely apologize to GNR,especially the band and crew, for stupid comments about upcoming tour, ..remember kids, dont drink n text!"
- Guns N' Roses' summer North American stadium tour grossed a massive $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold. The band grossed an additional $15 million earlier in the spring from two shows in Las Vegas and another pair at Coachella.