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Ex-Guns N' Roses Guitarist Explains Turning Down Reunion Gig

05/02/2016
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(TeamRock Radio) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba says that Axl Rose wanted him onboard for the reunion shows. He was part of the GNR lineup for six years, but quit with a "heavy heart" in 2015 to concentrate on Sixx AM.

But the guitarist reveals he could have been part of the lineup featuring Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - but decided to turn it down. He tells Metal Insider: "Axl wanted me to be a part of it. I couldn't be more happy for it happening - I was stoked to find out about it. People have to remember, if I wasn't a fan of the band, I wouldn't have joined.

"I have great admiration for Axl, Slash, Duff, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and everybody who's put into that thing. I have even more respect now after playing in the band for so many years. I'm just the biggest fan I've always been."

As for turning down the offer, Ashba says: "I just didn't feel like it was my place. If Slash has come back, I couldn't be more happy. At that point, it's best I go do what I'm really good at doing." Read more here.

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