Guns N’ Roses are headlining Coachella this year, allegedly with a reunited Axl Rose and Slash (the band is also playing some Vegas shows), but former and founding member Izzy Stradlin has made it clear that he’s not involved. In a new statement to Rolling Stone, the guitarist — who left the band in 1991, but has appeared with them live periodically from 2006 to 2014 — said the following:
At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows. 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.
Earlier this week, Stradlin started a Twitter account to speak directly to fans, but some doubted its authenticity. Stradlin confirmed to Rolling Stone that it is in fact him:
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.
Izzy Stradlin fact..
At this point in time , I`ve no involvement in the upcoming April 2016 GNR shows .
— Izzy Stradlin (@IzzyStradlin999) February 22, 2016
Recorded this today . Its an old fave called "Sunshine" written by Jonathan Edwards .
— Izzy Stradlin (@IzzyStradlin999) March 1, 2016
Read our piece “Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion.”