GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan says he doesn’t think Izzy Stradlin ever wanted to be involved with the band’s reunion tour.
Now, in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, McKagan has offered more information on the circumstances that led to Izzy‘s absence from the trek.
“[Izzy] and I have done a lot together in all the years in between,” Duff said.
“But this tour, I just don’t think he ever wanted to do it. We tried to make it work, but it just didn’t. And in a situation like this you’re really in it, man. You either get on it or you don’t, because the train’s moving forward. The good thing is, Slash really likes playing with Richard Fortus [GN’R guitarist since 2002], and Slash is somewhat picky about that kind of stuff. They get on great as far as a two-guitar player relationship goes.”
“To be honest, I haven’t taken a lot of time to go back on the Izzy thing because we just move forward, and things are so good. And as I’ve found out many times in my life, things are supposed to happen as they happen.”