In October of this year, Rick Dunsford was reportedly banned for life from Guns N’ Roses shows.
That was for allegedly leaking unreleased demos from the rocker’s Chinese Democracy album sessions. According to TMZ, Universal Music Group are now taking legal action against the “diehard” fan.
According to a previous report in Consequence of Sound, Dunsford was apparently stopped by security on his way into Guns N’ Roses’ show in Wichita, Kansas.
On his way into the show, the uber fan was told he was banned from the group’s shows for life.
The music outlet received written confirmation from Dunsford, explaining that he is a “diehard Guns N’ Roses fan” who recently called his newborn son Axl. The mega fan also said that he had seen GN’R in concert 32 times.
It’s thought that Dunsford’s ban is in connection with him allegedly leaking tracks from a 19-disc collection of Chinese Democracy demos.
Universal Music Group has now issued Dunsford with a cease-and-desist and are threatening to take legal action against him for financial damages incurred.
Dunsford as well as others got their hands on the music when GN’R’s former A&R rep Tom Zutaut sold off a storage unit filled with digital recordings of the band’s music.
Upon learning of the auction, Guns N’ Roses’ management gave Dunsford and the others $15,000 to sell the recordings back to them.
However, Universal now argue that Dunsford did not honour the agreement, as the recordings began to surface online a month after that transaction.
Dunsford has countered saying that someone else leaked the recordings and that he told the band’s management as soon as he discovered the tracks were shared online. A rep for GNR said In a statement to TMZ:
“It is tremendously disappointing, sad, and unfortunate that a record executive involved with the band in their early years found it appropriate to auction off the unreleased materials owned by his former employer.”
Source: Consequence of Caesar