Bassist Duff McKagan was asked on Talk Is Jericho on “how much of the unsung hero” Izzy Stradling was in GN’R, to which he replied:
“I don’t think he’s unsung. I think he’s sung pretty well.
“He was a big part of that band, but everybody was. Steven [Adler], some of the beats that he would start would inspire a riff. And how do you give that credit to a drummer who doesn’t have a guitar?
“You gotta credit Axl to pushing us to get the riff for ‘Michelle.’ Because it was a double time and the original riff for ‘Michelle’ wasn’t the riff it was. It was this fast kind of goofy… I forgot what it was.
“Izzy had like these cool riffs, but the rest of the band would take it and make it like this whole other thing. It’s hard to say.
“If you wanna say that anybody was unsung, then everybody was unsung. Izzy rolled, he was a super cool guy for sure.
“We all had our demons and we faced them at different times. And he had his kind of in the midst of all of that. We all had them, make no mistake about it. [Laughs] But that’s a whole another story.”