DJ Ashba discussed leaving Guns N’ Roses to commit full time to Sixx A.M. in a new Team Rock interview.
“My goal is to make this band bigger than Mötley Crüe and GN’R,” says the guitarist.
He also discussed why he left Guns N’ Roses, “I knew I’d be going back to playing with Guns, which I loved, but seeing how much our [Sixx A.M.] music was connecting with people, I found myself thinking, ‘Oh wow, I think I’m doing the wrong thing here,’” he says. “As much as I love Guns, at this point I think the new music I’m making deserves my full attention.”
“It was a tough thing because I have so much respect for Axl, and we’d become really close,” he says. “But I knew Slash was going to come back and do some stuff. And I couldn’t have been more happy about that, because ultimately I’m a fan of Guns N’ Roses, and that’s what the fans have been waiting for. So it felt like ‘my job is done here’: it was time to go focus on my creative side rather than performing someone else’s songs.”
Nikki Sixx also discussed Motley Crue’s break. Ask him if they left on good terms, and he simply says, “I’m still close with Vince.” He insists that he won’t be tempted into further reunions. “No, no tour, nothing, no chance of another record. I want to just leave it intact. I see no reason. We couldn’t be creative as a band, so how the hell can we continue? But I’m glad the way it finished – we did it all, we did what we said we were going to do, and now I’m excited about the future.”