U.P.O. guitarist Chris Weber, a former bandmate of GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose from from his pre-GN'R group, HOLLYWOOD ROSE, underwent brain surgery to remove a brain tumor on Wednesday, November 17. The surgery "went well and the tumor they removed looked like a little mini Axl Rose," according to an update sent out on Weber's behalf. "He looks forward to a speedy recovery and hopes to be back touring with U.P.O. by early next year (this time with a shaved head)."
Weber had sued Axl Rose in 1998 claiming that he co-wrote two GUNS N' ROSES songs he was not credited for, "Shadow of Your Love" and "Back Off Bitch". Weber and Rose played together in a band called ROSE in 1983. Izzy Stradlin joined the group a short time later and the name was changed to HOLLYWOOD ROSE. They split up not long after, with Rose going on to front the band L.A. GUNS and eventually GUNS N' ROSES.