Duff McKagan Claims the Band Waited for Izzy Stradlin to Show Up in 2016
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan said the “Not In This Lifetime Tour” lineup had amplifiers ready for guitarist Izzy Stradlin to join them in rehearsals, and kept the space open for him every day for at least three months, but he never showed up.
We had broken the story that Izzy almost showed up to play with the band in Nashville with Steven Adler, but things didn’t work out.
“I don’t know what the actual truth is,” McKagan told Classic Rock Magazine in a new interview. “We definitely wanted to do it, and I think he entertained the thought, but he never came down and rehearsed. We had amps for him, ready to go. The first month of rehearsal went by … nothing. The second month of rehearsal came by, and we’re talking to him: ‘We’re getting close, Iz.’ The third month of rehearsal went by … nothing. I guess he just didn’t want to tour this big and for so long.”
Still, McKagan added, “I love that dude, but I gotta say that Richard Fortus is a hell of a player and we couldn’t ask for a better guy.”
Returning to the topic of new Guns N’ Roses material, McKagan said, “You never know with this band. That’s where I’ve landed on this thing. But the stuff’s cookin’. Everybody’s on top of their game at this point, musicianship-wise and songwriting-wise. … We know our strengths. We’re now looking forward to what’s next, for sure, with Guns N’ Roses. And after making this solo record, which is kind of mellow, I look forward to getting back to rocking out.”
My take on it is when you don’t pay Izzy his fair share, don’t expect the guy to show up.