Ex-Guns N’ Roses Member Asked Band To Change Name: ‘I Was Kind Of Bruised’

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Tracii Guns discussed leaving Guns N’ Roses in a new Ultimate-Guitar interview.

That’s when it ended?

“I was kinda bruised at that point when they said that because I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me.’ That was that. I remember asking Izzy because he called me the next day to make sure I was still not in.

“I go, ‘It would be really cool if you changed the name. It’s mine and Axl’s name.’ That was the last thing I ever said. Izzy said to me, ‘It’s just a band name,’ and that was that. Amazing, right?”
Unbelievable. How long had you been working with Axl when this all came down?

“We were going for a year before that went down. Also I would have never known of Phil if it wasn’t for Izzy. When we were living together, Izzy turned me onto Girl and that’s where Phil came from. So the reality of the two singers in my life were given to me from Izzy.”

Do you ever think about what it would have been like if you had stayed in Guns N’ Roses with Axl?

“Everything happened so fast. I haven’t thought about ‘What if I had stayed in the band?’ ’cause my immediate reaction is, ‘If I had stayed in the band then Guns N’ Roses would have sounded more like LA Guns.’ You know what I mean?”