DJ Ashba won't rejoin Guns N' Roses

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2016
Nikki Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba

Nikki Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba

DJ Ashba says he has no plans on rejoining Gun N' Roses as he is happy just working on his own band Sixx:A.M

DJ Ashba doesn't see himself returning to Guns N' Roses.

The 44-year-old guitarist joined the 'Sweet Child O' Mine' band in 2009 and left in July 2015 to focus on his own band Sixx:A.M. - which also features Nikki Sixx and James Michael.

He now says he doesn't plan on rejoining the group - also comprised of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - because he thinks they are doing well "without" him.

Speaking during an interview with Irish website Overdrive, he explained: "To be honest, I think they are doing great without me, and really, I don't see myself going back to Guns N' Roses ever again. Those days are over for me. I'm having a blast doing what I'm doing with Sixx:A.M. and couldn't be happier with the way things have panned out for me. My heart is totally committed to all things Sixx:A.M. right now and I'm very excited about the prospect of touring and writing more music with Nikki and James [Michael]."

Ashba has admitted that a huge "weight" was "lifted" when he departed the band and while he learnt a lot from the six years he performed with them, he is glad not to have so much pressure on himself.

He said: "It really does feel like a humongous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, for sure.

"That was as huge responsibility for me being in Guns N' Roses, and, to be honest, I didn't really know just how big that weight was going to be. I learned a lot from my time with GNR and am very grateful for it all.

"I experienced something for six whole years that money can't buy and I was able to take away a huge amount of self-growth and an insight into the workings of a huge band like that."

One of the biggest struggles for Ashba was how much "criticism" he received, but it has only made him stronger and allowed him to grow a "thick skin".

He added: "I didn't for one moment, anticipate that along with such a great gig, was going to be so much criticism, as well as a lot of praising and a lot of everything!

"The whole experience really made me grow thick skin real quick [laughs] and be aware of my surroundings."

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