Ex-Manager Says Izzy Stradlin Came Close To Joining Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin came close to joining the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour on at least one stop, according to one-time Guns manager Alan Niven. Stradlin allegedly showed up for a soundcheck rehearsal in Nashville, but things fell apart at the last minute. Original drummer Steven Adler was there as well and did play — if Stradlin had performed, it would have been the first time the founding Guns lineup played together in 26 years.

Niven explained on the Appetite For Distortion podcast, “Obviously, had it gone well and everybody had been happy, and there had been a little bit of brotherhood — I’m sure he would have stayed with it. But something must have really upset him, because he left after the soundcheck, and never turned up for another one or an appearance. I would think right now, he’s probably a little pissed off.”

  • Fans on a Guns message board have backed reports that the show was indeed in Nashville.
  • Adler also performed with the band in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.
  • Stradlin has mostly avoided commenting publicly on his absence from the reunion lineup, only claiming in one since-deleted tweet that the band “didn’t want to split the loot equally.” The “Not in This Lifetime” tour, meanwhile, will continue with another round of dates later this year.