“I would have gotten bored, and that would have been dangerous”: Marc Ford explains why he turned down Guns N’ Roses in favor of the Black Crowes

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Marc Ford has opened up on one of rock’s great sliding doors moments when he turned down the offer to replace outgoing Guns N’ Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin in favor of staying on with the Black Crowes.

Ford had scarcely got his feet under the table with the Atlanta retro blues-rockers when an offer came in: would he hook up with Guns N’ Roses for a stadium tour, taking up the role vacated by Stradlin? It was an offer he couldn’t refuse. And yet he did refuse it, and to this day does not regret it.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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