Ex-Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford declined offers to join Guns N’ Roses twice

Guitarist/singer Marc Ford of The Magpie Salute and Black Crowes performs onstage at The Fonda Theatre on September 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford has claimed in a new interview that he was offered the electric guitar slot in Guns N’ Roses twice, and turned it down both times.

Speaking to the Black Crowes-themed podcast State of Amorica, Ford said the first time came after Izzy Stradlin abruptly exited the band in 1991 during the Use Your Illusion tour.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.