An L.A. Weekly reporter named Art Tavana recently appeared on the Appetite For Distortion podcast to discuss the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour, where he revealed that original guitarist Izzy Stradlin will apparently give his first in-depth interview in a few weeks to discuss his lack of participation in the trek.
Asked for his analysis of why Stradlin did not join Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for the reunion, Tavana theorized, “He doesn’t go by a schedule, he doesn’t follow orders, he doesn’t really work with business people, he doesn’t do stuff when he doesn’t want to do stuff. He’s just his own guy, he’s a lone wolf, he lives like a f**king outlaw in the desert of California . . . Izzy Stradlin doesn’t want to be a rock star, Izzy Stradlin just wants to be a dude.”
- Tavana added, “He just wants to hang out, and whenever he wants to play a show, he’ll play it, and whenever he wants to record, he’ll record. That’s what Axl was saying, and that’s 100% accurate, and that’s probably the reason why they didn’t want to give him equal percentage of the GNR equity. He quit in 1991 for the same reasons he isn’t going to be a full time part of the band ever again.”
- Axl Rose said in a September interview about Stradlin’s absence, “You could have a conversation and think it’s one way and the next day it’s another way . . . his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is.”
- But Stradlin responded on Twitter, writing: “Bulls**t. They didn’t want to split the loot equally. Simple as that.”
- Tavana suggested that the band did not want to give Stradlin, who co-founded Guns N’ Roses with Axl in 1985, equity in the reunion, explaining, “Slash and Duff are part of the decision making process, and I don’t think he wanted to deal with that s**t.”
- Guns N’ Roses are touring South America through the end of the month.