The Outpatience

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The Outpatience
OriginCalifornia, U.S.
GenresHard rock
Years active1995–1997
LabelsReality Entertainment
Associated actsGuns N' Roses, Billy Joel, Eddie Money, David Lee Roth, Seal, Von Groove, Dear Mr. President
Past membersMike Shotton
West Arkeen
Joey Hunting
James Hunting
Abe Laboriel Jr.
Gregg Buchwalter

The Outpatience were an American hard rock group formed in California by guitarist West Arkeen, who is best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs, in 1995.[1] They released one album, Anxious Disease in 1996; however, the group soon disbanded following the death of Arkeen on May 30, 1997, in Los Angeles as a result of a drug overdose.


Following his success as a prominent rock songwriter, writing and co-writing several songs for Guns N' Roses, Brother Cane, Phantom Blue, Asphalt Ballet and Duff McKagan, guitarist West Arkeen started his own project, The Outpatience, in 1995. The group's lineup was rounded up by vocalist Mike Shotton of Von Groove, guitarist Joey Hunting of Billy Joel David Lee Roth and Dear Mr. President/ Flesh & Blood, bassist James Hunting of Eddie Money and David Lee Roth, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. of Paul McCartney Seal and keyboardist Gregg Buchwalter. They recorded their debut album Anxious Disease which featured notable guests such as Guns N' Roses members Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan as well as guitarist Steve Stevens. The album was produced by Noel Golden, whose credits include Slash's Snakepit, Neurotic Outsiders and the Beth Hard Band, and co-produced by Arkeen. The album was also mixed by Duane Baron, whose credits include Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe and Poison.[2] It was released in Japan in 1996 and were shopping the record to labels in the States however six months on May 30, 1997, Arkeen was found dead in his Los Angeles home. His management company said that Arkeen had been at home recovering from severe burns, and that his death was the result of an "accidental opiate overdose."[3][4] In 2004, Anxious Disease received a posthumous release in the US and Europe.


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  1. ^ MTV News Staff (June 3, 1997). "Details Released In Death Of Guns n' Roses Songwriter". MTV.
  2. ^ "Reality Entertainment Music :: The Outpatience Bio". Reality Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  3. ^ "G n' R Songwriter West Arkeen Dies". MTV. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  4. ^ "Xtreme Musician West Arkeen". Xtreme Musician. Retrieved 2010-02-12.

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