For those wondering why former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was not part of the band’s current tour, Stradlin has now released a statement regarding his absence.
The band’s ‘Not in This Lifetime’ tour is a partial reunion that involves classic-era members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. There has never been any mention as to why Stradlin was not part of the reunion. Until now.
Stradlin speaking with the Wall Street Journal, said, “The current GN’R tour has been a great success for the guys. 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.”
This is the first time that Stradlin has made a public comment on the situation, although there have been comments made in the past on an as-yet unverified Twitter account. In 2016, Stradlin tweeted, “They didn’t want to split the loot equally. Simple as that. Moving right along..” He deleted the message later.
Former band manager Alan Niven said earlier this year a reunion had actually come very close to taking place. “Izzy flew into town for a stadium show in the Midwest and completed a soundcheck – but then he said that he “didn’t want to have anything to do with” it after that point. “Obviously, had it gone well and everybody had been happy, and there had been a little bit of brotherhood — I’m sure he would have stayed with it.”
The ‘Not in This Lifetime’ tour has been a major success, one of the top grossing tours of 2017. It continues in Europe on June 3, with dates confirmed across the world until November 25.