John Corabi was recently interviewed on the Appetite for Distortion podcast, and he was asked about Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus leaving The Dead Daisies for the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour. He also said that at a time when Izzy Stradlin was rumored to be part of the lineup, he was unsure if he’d be back with GNR with Izzy’s possible return. Alternative Nation transcribed Corabi’s comments.
“I think that there were rumblings obviously about it prior to them telling us, but they couldn’t really tell us because they didn’t know totally whether, was Izzy going to come back? I think Dizzy was pretty much, because he was with GNR way back in the day, so I think Dizzy was kind of guaranteed a slot, but Richard wasn’t sure if Izzy was going to come back or not. It was never really discussed, and then they finally just said, ‘Hey, we got the phone call, and GNR is doing this huge thing with Duff and Slash, and we’re going back.’
To be honest with you, I was sad to see them go, because I loved working with them, but at the same time, I can relate to this because I went through the same thing with Discreet. I was in a great band, I was having fun, the band was awesome, but I got a call to join Motley Crue, and even the guys in my band were like, ‘You are crazy if you don’t do this.’ So I get it, it was definitely a huge, huge opportunity for those two guys to go back and have some fun.”
Carlene Bender and the Izzy Stradlin Fan Group recently launched a petition to bring Izzy back to performing live. Stradlin stated in 2016 that his former GNR bandmates ‘did not want to split the loot equally.’
Richie Faulkner from Judas Priest was also interviewed on a recent Appetite for Distortion episode, which you can listen to below as well.