A Guns N’ Roses fan has been barred from seeing them for life thanks to a recent string of song leaks that was linked to his name.
Rick Dunsford was waiting in line to see the band play in Wichita, Kansas on October 7 when he was pulled out by security officers. Said Dunsford in a Facebook post about the incident,:
“So today I flew out to Wichita, KS to see my favorite band Guns N’ Roses! Today would be my 33rd time seeing them! Well I was just pulled from the line and told if I ever come to a Guns N’ Roses show again that I’ll be arrested! I was escorted off the property and told I’m done.”
In an interview with Dwyer & Michaels, Dunsford opened up further about the incident, saying that a handful of friends at the Charlotte, NC tour kickoff told him that security was looking for him at the show.
“I reached out to them the day after that show and told them I’m coming to some shows — I’ve got tickets to multiple shows — and I wanna make sure that I’m not gonna be thrown out, because it’s a pretty far travel for me to go to this. They didn’t tell me not to come or anything, so I just went out there [to Wichita].”
He continued to say during the interview that while waiting in line for the show he received an email from the band’s legal department telling him that he is no longer welcome at their shows. No telling whether the email came before or after he was pulled off the line par the original story.
The ban follows a string of song leaks going back to at least July that became linked to Dunsford’s name. He tells Dwyer & Michaels, two and a half months ago he went to Virginia because he heard about an abandoned storage locker that belonged to former Guns N’ Roses A&R representative Tom Zutaut.
“The individual that bought the locker, there was about 20 CDs in this locker of unreleased Guns N’ Roses music from around ’99 to 2000 or 2001.”
Dunsford and a couple friends put together $15,000 to buy that music from the locker’s new owner.
He continues that in an effort to get the music back, the band’s representatives reached out to Dunsford and an agreement was reached. However, after they returned Dunsford’s money, the agreement was voided.
“I know the seller that I bought them from was continuing to sell to other individuals, and there was a massive leak. So pretty much, I’ve been blamed for this.”
Unfortunately for Dunsford, it looks as if he will never get to see his favorite band live again.
“[The ban] is pretty much for the rest of my life, is what the head of security in that video was telling me. They made it clear that if I am spotted at all, I will be arrested on the spot…I was supposed to go see them this Sunday.”
Guns N’ Roses themselves have not yet commented on Dunsford’s ban.
The band is currently on a short fall North American tour that will take them through the mid-west and parts of Mexico, including stops at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Exit 111 Festival and Voodoo Music Festival.