According to The Pulse Of Radio, Izzy Stradlin reportedly turned down a five-figure fee to play with GUNS N’ ROSES at last April’s reunion shows.
Writing for GN’R Truth, band insider MSL says Stradlin was offered the fee for each show he played.
MSL writes: “We know Izzy was in rehearsals at one point and was negotiating to appear at a few of the April gigs. Equal pay was never discussed. A 5-figure fee per cameo is what was being negotiated. But there is a lot of room for negotiation on a 5-figure fee. 10k? 99k? Whatever it was, they were far apart and Izzy bailed. He doesn’t need their chump change and they don’t need to throw away a bunch of money on a guy that isn’t gonna sell many tix.”
Earlier this month, Stradlin tweeted about the dispute, writing that the band didn’t want to “split the loot equally.”
The April gigs included a warm-up gig at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, two shows at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, a pair at Foro Sol in Mexico City and the band’s headlining appearance at Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. It is unclear which shows Stradlin would have performed at and/or if he could have signed on for the 21-city reunion tour.
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ two-month North American stadium tour grossed a massive $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold, according to Billboard.com. The “Not In This Lifetime” trek, which ran from June 23 through August 22 and included 25 concerts in 21 cities, earned a staggering amount for a rock band in 2016. The band grossed an additional $15 million earlier in the spring from the two shows in Las Vegas and another pair at Coachella.
The tour features three members of the classic GUNS N’ ROSES lineup — guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose — backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.
Original drummer Steven Adler performed with the group at two shows in July and at the second Dodger Stadium concert on August 19, getting behind the kit for “My Michelle” and “Out Ta Get Me” at all three dates.