It’s just not a Tuesday without some Guns N’ Roses drama, so: the band are playing Coachella 2016, along with a few Vegas gigs, with Axl Rose and His Royal Slashness in the fold, but one of the band’s founders is making it crystal clear that he won’t be part of the proceedings.
Izzy Stradlin quit the band 25 years ago, but has appeared with them live at various events since then. Speaking to hacks at Rolling Stone, he said, “At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows. I’ve also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, [that] I thought I should reach out.”
Stradlin recently fired up a Twitter account with which to speak to fans, but there were immediate shrieks regarding its authenticity, or lack thereof. He has since confimed that it is indeed him: “I opened the Twitter account. There was just so much speculation going on regarding my involvement and studio recording. There’s so much misinformation, so I wanted to clarify that I’m not in the studio recording with any of the Guns N’ Roses guys. At this point in time, I’m not involved in the actual shows … A lot of stuff [fans] are reading isn’t true.”