Recently, a photo started surfacing of ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin. It turns out that it is his first photo which has been taken in a few years, surprising fans who were happy to see the rock icon again.
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Stradlin had been one of the founding members of Guns N’ Roses with Axl Rose and members of L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns, Ole Beich and Rob Gardner in 1985. The guitarist had decided to part ways with the legendary band in 1991. It was recently revealed by the legendary guitarist of the band, Slash that he was ‘resentful’ when Stradlin left Guns N’ Roses.
Slash opens up on Izzy Stradlin
Slash spoke about a variety of topics during an in-depth interview with writer Paul Elliott for Classic Rock magazine. The guitarist discussed his feelings on Stradlin walking away from the Los Angeles group following the release of the Use Your Illusion albums in 1991, citing the drama and substance abuse issues within the band as factors in his decision to quit.
“At that time, the fact that he quit wasn’t an issue,” Slash insists. “There was no judgement about any of that. I don’t think anybody judged anybody else on how they behaved outside of being able to show up and do the gig. I was admittedly resentful of that whole trip with Izzy leaving, because whatever had gone on for him that forced that sudden change, I was like, man, I died eighteen times prior to that! It didn’t faze me!”
“But when he quit, he was looking at us going: ‘These guys are gonna fucking die!’ My whole attitude was like: ‘I’ll get on with it. Don’t fucking worry. I’ll manage.’ So there was a certain kind of resentment there – of not really understanding or appreciating where Izzy was coming from. In hindsight, I still sort of feel the same way, I guess, about that. Like, don’t worry about me.”