In Episode 75 of Appetite For Distortion, Gregg Buchwalter, the keyboardist for The Outpatience’s “Anxious Disease.” In the episode, he discussed West Arkeen being rejected from joining Guns N’ Roses, despite receiving songwriting credits. Alternative Nation transcribed Gregg’s comments.
“Unfortunately in LA at that time, MTV was happening, and everyone wanted band members that had a look, and poor West. Brilliant guitar player, was really thrilled that his friends in Guns N’ Roses were playing some of his tunes, and writing with him and shit. They wouldn’t let him in the band because he was too short and fat. He didn’t look right.”
“His girlfriend told me. She said, ‘He’s asked them a bunch of times to join the band, but they told him, ‘No, you’re too short and fat man, you don’t look right.’ Isn’t that sick?”
“He was a great guitar player man, really good.”