Slash Was “Resentful” Over Izzy Stradlin’s Guns N’Roses Departure


Slash has revealed that he felt “resentful” when guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’Roses.

Slash also told Classic Rock Magazine that both Stradlin and the band “couldn’t meet eye to eye” for Stradlin to return for Guns N’Roses 2016 reunion.

Stradlin departure “wasn’t an issue” – Slash

Speaking to the magazine, Slash said that Stradlin’s departure from the band “wasn’t an issue” intially.

“At that time, the fact that he quit wasn’t an issue”, he said.

“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”, Slash continued. “In hindsight, I still sort of feel the same way, I guess, about that. Like, don’t worry about me”. 

“Haven’t really talked to him”

Slash was later asked why Stradlin withdrew from the reunion which featured Duff McKagan, and former drummer Mat Sorum alongside Slash.

He said, “I haven’t really talked to him since then. There were a lot of different issues that I’m not really going to get into. We wanted it to work out, but we couldn’t seem to meet eye to eye on the whole thing. So it just never happened”. 

Slash had also revealed that he and the remaining members of Guns N’Roses have new music coming out very soon. 

He revealed, “There’s new Guns material coming out as we speak, and we’ll probably keep putting it out until the entire record’s worth of stuff is done and then put it out solid,” he said. “It’s cool. I’m enjoying working on the stuff and having a good time doing it”.

On top of Guns N’Roses, Slash also shared his new single “Fill My Little World” with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators last month. Check it out here.