Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan appeared to shoot down the idea of the original Guns N’ Roses lineup reuniting in 2020 for a tour, with Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler returning to the fold, in a new Classic Rock magazine interview. Slash recently revealed if Izzy Stradlin’s absence ‘ruined’ the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour.
Classic Rock asked, “You’ve always remained tight with one ex-member of Guns, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin. You’ve played on each other’s records over the years. But Izzy declined to rejoin the band for the tour.”
McKagan responded, “He and I have done a lot together in all the years in between. 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.”
McKagan also said, “The size of the crowds that came, everywhere we went, was really something. And the way we did it, having each other’s backs after all these things we’ve been through in the past, for me that was the coolest thing.” Axl Rose ‘refusing’ a new Guns N’ Roses album demand was just revealed.