DJ Ashba says leaving Guns N’ roses was the ‘hardest decision’ he ever made but he says his decision has been justified through the satisfaction of touring with Sixx: A.M playing songs he helped pen himself.
The guitarist was speaking to Music Radar when he revealed: “I loved sharing the stage with Axl Rose and the guys. Axl put together such an incredible bunch of musicians, and I was proud to be part of that."
He continues: "I'll always be thankful for Axl believing in me. But it's not my band and it never will be. I was performing songs written before I got there. I had a blast doing it, and I will cherish it. But we did a 19-day sold-out run on the SIXX:A.M. 'Modern Vintage' tour and it was that tour of playing my own songs — songs that came from my soul — and seeing how they connected to the fan base, I could not put that feeling into words, and I realised that I needed to follow my heart.”
Ashba was a member of Guns N’ Roses for over six-years after he was drafted in to replace Robin Finck.
Guns N’ Roses have recently enjoyed a partial reunion with Slash and Duff McKagan mending old fences with Axl Rose but Ashba recently claimed he was offered a role in the band but he rejected the chance.