Ex-Guns N’ Roses Member Reveals Why He Regrets Not Being Part Of ‘Real Deal’ Reunion


Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Bryan “Brain” Mantia was recently interviewed on the Appetite for Distortion podcast, and he discussed regretting not being part of the Not In This Lifetime tour featuring the reunion of Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. Alternative Nation transcribed Brain’s comments.

“I guess it goes back to what you said about versatility, I think that’s what I’m proud of. People can say he played with Tom Waits and made that Real Gone album, and shit that was bad ass, he played on Chinese Democracy and that was bad ass, and he was on Primus’ the Brown Album and that was a sick sound and rad too.

I guess in the end, I’m proud that I didn’t stick with one thing, and kind of just went with my heart when I kind of felt like things were burning out for me, and I couldn’t give it 110%. I felt like, well maybe it’s time to move on.

Now financially as I’m getting older, I don’t know, would it have been great to play with Slash and Duff? Fuck yeah. I mean, I wish I was on that, because I really feel like that’s the real deal, and I would have loved to have played with them on that thing. So I guess if I would have stuck with it, I would have done it.”

Listen to the in-depth interview in its entirety below.