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Guns N' Roses Guitarist DJ Ashba Leaves The Group

07/28/2015
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(hennemusic) Guitarist DJ Ashba has announced his departure from Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. Ashba plans to focus on Sixx:AM (lead by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx) as they prepare to release two albums in 2016 alongside a planned 2-year world tour.

The guitarist joined Guns N' Roses in 2009 as a replacement for Robin Finck, who left to rejoin Nine Inch Nails at the time. On Monday, Ashba posted a statement on his social media with the news of his exit from Guns N' Roses.

"...it is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N' Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me. I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx:A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.

"As I sit here writing this letter, I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted." Read his full statement here.

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