Slash says that he felt “resentful” when fellow GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin left the band in 1991, and touched on why the former guitarist isn’t involved with the group’s current reunion.
In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, the guitarist discusses his feelings on Izzy’s departure from GUNS N’ ROSES following the release of the “Use Your Illusion” albums in 1991, noting that the rampant substance abuse within the group was a key factor in Stradlin’s walking away.
“At that time, the fact that he quit wasn’t an issue,” Slash says. “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. In hindsight, I still sort of feel the same way, I guess, about that. Like, don’t worry about me.”
Slash also discussed Stradlin’s lack of presence on the band’s current reunion activities, which fell through in the time of the group’s reformation.
“I haven’t really talked to him since then,” Slash responds. “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.”
Pick up the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine for the full interview.