Guns N’ Roses Legendary Guitar Player Reveals How He Met Axl Rose

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DJ Ashba Reveals How He Met Axl Rose

During an appearance on Action Figures YouTube Channel, legendary guitarist DJ Ashba talked about how he joined Guns N’ Roses and met Axl Rose.

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It would turn out that Sharon Osbourne made the introduction to Rose with Ashba revealing

“She introduced me to Axl – and I didn’t know I was on Axl’s radar, I had no idea. When I got a call, I got a call from Katie McNeil, she was my manager for many years – she called me, and I had a No. 1 song on the radio with Sixx:A.M. called ‘Life Is Beautiful.’

“And we have just gotten off of – I believe it was Crue Fest, our song was No. 1, and I got a call, and she wanted to know if I wanted to try out for Guns N’ Roses.

“I never thought I’d get it, but I was like, ‘Yeah, I just want to go hang out with Axl.’ We’re both from Indiana, I’ve always had so much respect for him.

“So yeah, I went down there, tried out and I didn’t know it, but I guessed Axl called management and said, ‘If he even shows up, he has the gig.’ I didn’t even know I was on his radar.

“Axl has his ear close to the ground, he really knows what is going on and who’s who – he’s incredibly intelligent.

“Yeah, it was a big surprise to me, I didn’t really know what I was stepping into – it was a huge surprise to me.

“I didn’t really know what I was stepping into, it was a roller coaster from there. But we had the best time, it was just so much fun, debauchery, and just, you know, three-and-a-half-hour concerts, we went around the world several times, it was just so much fun playing.

“But even though I was doing that, I had a sense of accomplishment with Sixx:A.M. because it was something Sixx-Ashba-Michael, it was something I helped create. Beautiful Creatures – same thing, I helped create that thing.

“I remember the first time I was on a tour bus with BulletBoys – I felt like I made it, but in my heart I knew, ‘Dude, this isn’t your band, you didn’t write these songs.’

“So in my heart, I was like, ‘If I could ever get back to this point with a band that I helped write the songs,’ and I did, I got back there with Beautiful Creatures.

“And we had our own bus, songs that I’d written, Warner Brothers, but it still wasn’t enough. I was like, ‘There has to be more. If I can get back there with less than five guys and do this again.’

“And I did it again with three guys, it was Sixx:A.M., and now I’m going to come back and do it with one.”