Guns N’ Roses: Izzy Speaks

Fans wondering about the absence of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin on the band’s “Not in This Lifetime Tour” got an answer this week from the reclusive musician.

Stradlin–who did not participate in the group’s top grossing $480 million tour–released a statement explaining why he chose not to participate in a story published in The Wall Street Journal.

“The current GnR tour has been a great success for the guys,” Stradlin said. “My non-participation was simply not being able to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process. That’s life, sometimes things don’t work out.”

In 2016, singer Axl Rose suggested in a Brazilian interview that Izzy was indecisive about joining the band–including Slash and Duff McKagen--but Stradlin shot that down in a now deleted tweet.

“”B*******. They didn’t want to split the loot equally,” he wrote. “Simple as that. Moving right along.”

The group is set to release a deluxe edition of Appetite for Destruction on June 29.