Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Izzy Stradlin has surfaced to confirm the status of his involvement in the upcoming Guns N’ Roses reunion.
"At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows," the guitarist said in an e-mail to Rolling Stone. "I've also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, [that] I thought I should reach out."
Questions and rumors regarding the guitarist’s status began when the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan announced plans to launch a reunion run in April.
The partially-reunited lineup will perform two shows each in Las Vegas, Mexico City and at Coachella next month.
Stradlin says he opened a Twitter account to clarify his role (or non-role) as rumors surfaced recently suggesting the reunited lineup were in the studio working on new material.
"I know there's a lot of questions regarding my Twitter account," he said in a voicemail to Rolling Stone. "But it's me. I opened the Twitter account. There was just so much speculation going on regarding my involvement and studio recording.
"There’s so much misinformation, so I wanted to clarify that I'm not in the studio recording with any of the Guns N' Roses guys. At this point in time, I'm not involved in the actual shows ... A lot of stuff [fans] are reading isn't true."
Stradlin co-founded Guns N' Roses with childhood friend Axl Rose in 1985.
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