Izzy Stradlin on GNR Reunion: "They Didn't Want to Split the Loot Equally'

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Earlier this week, we—and the rest of the world—shared a video featuring a July interview with Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose and Duff McKagan.

In the clip, which you can check out here, Rose is asked why original Guns N' Roses member Izzy Stradlin wasn't involved with the band's 2016 reunion and subsequent tour.

"I don't really know what to say about Izzy," Rose said about the guitarist. "It's like you could have a conversation and think it's one way and the next day it's another way. And I'm not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It's just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is." Rose added, when talking to Brazil's Globo TV, that he wasn't optimistic about Stradlin rejoining his former bandmates.

Well, Stradlin took to his Twitter account yesterday to respond to Rose's comments, writing, "Bullshit. They didn't want to split the loot equally. Simple as that. Moving right along... ." You can see his tweet below.

Stradlin, who co-founded GNR with Rose in 1985, has kept a low profile over the years, resurfacing every now and then to make a few surprise appearances at GNR shows, as he did in Las Vegas in 2012. His last solo album, 2010's Wave of Heat, featured a guest appearance by McKagan.

GNR's "reunion" lineup tour featured Rose, Slash and McKagan, with the occasional appearance by drummer Steven Adler. All we can say is, stay tuned!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.