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Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

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Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:58 am

This letter was posted to his twitter and on his website:

To Each and Every One Of You,

6 years ago I received a call that changed my life forever. The call was from a dear friend of mine (Katie McNeil-Diamond) who was working with Guns N’ Roses. It was an offer to audition for Axl Rose and earn a role in arguably the biggest rock band of my time. While I thought it was a complete long-shot, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Much to my shock and surprise, I got the gig. And so began the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined. I was blessed with the opportunity to not only work with one of the most talented bands but also to share the stage with a living legend and a truly gifted human being, Axl Rose. The amount of confidence and trust that Axl placed in me was genuinely heartwarming and truly career-defining. In the years that followed I traveled the world many times over and played these incredible songs night after night to the most enthusiastic and loving crowds. As you can imagine, the friendships that were forged during that time were deep and long lasting. But the most beautiful surprise of all was YOU... the fans. You welcomed me into your lives with open arms and showed me love and support that I could only have dreamed of. From the very first time I stepped on stage and started playing "Welcome To The Jungle," and felt the crowd erupt, I knew my life would never be the same. I'm not gonna lie...I was terrified!! But you were so accepting. You immediately turned my fear into pride. For that, I am truly grateful.

So now it is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me. I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx:A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.

As I sit here writing this letter, I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted.

I hope that you all join me as I forge ahead. Let's conquer the world together!

With love and respect,
Dj Ashba

Bumblefoot's been beating about the bush for quite some time, but we kinda knew it and has for some time. He does, though, confirm it now, see image further down.


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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:01 am

Kinda surprising. Dj was always optimistic about the future and releasing music with the band. What does this mean for the band? I hope Axl will come with a statement soon.
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Uli on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:55 am

Soulmonster wrote:Dj was always optimistic about the future and releasing music with the band.

Maybe that was the problem? Lots of talk about working on new stuff with Axl. What has happened in that direction? Probably nothing! Last we heard (via Fortus) was that we're going to get stuff which was recorded during the "Chinese Democracy" period...

Soulmonster wrote:What does this mean for the band? I hope Axl will come with a statement soon.

Would be nice, but often in similar situations, nothing was to be heard from Axl.
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by denitza on Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:11 am

Surprise for me too.
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:11 pm

Bumblefoot comments on the Blabbermouth article about Dj quitting:

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Post by Soulmonster on Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:15 am

Bumblefoot confirms he is out:

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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Uli on Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:56 pm

GUNS N' ROSES Is 'Forging Ahead' Following D.J. ASHBA's Departure, Says Drummer FRANK FERRER
http://tinyurl.com/owmnsyv

GUNS N' ROSES drummer Frank Ferrer was interviewed on this week's (July 29) episode of "The Geoff Lenox Show" on Stone Chrome Radio. During the chat, Ferrer discussed his career, the recent resignation of GUNS N' ROSES guitarist D.J. Ashba, and gave an inside look at life as a current member of GUNS N' ROSES.

Asked about some fans' speculation that Ashba exited GUNS N' ROSES after getting news from GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose about the future of the band, Ferrer said: "No, [we did] not [get any] new news, other than we're still forging ahead. But not any, like, you know… It's not really news. It's, like, there's a plan in place, and it's happening, so that's all I can say."


He continued: "I haven't spoken to D.J., but apparently D.J. would just, like… he'd rather do other stuff right now, which is cool. I mean, everything he said in that letter [announcing his departure] is true. I mean, he has a great relationship with the bandmembers and with Axl. Everything's good."

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/guns-n-roses-is-forging-ahead-following-d-j-ashbas-departure-says-drummer-frank-ferrer/#puwmJFIu7ieXYwdv.99
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:29 pm

Fernando confirmed on HTGTH that they are two guitarists down.
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Uli on Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:19 pm

That's why they had THREE, so it can't easily happen to have no guitarist at all... Geek
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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:09 am

Very Happy Redundancy.

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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:24 pm

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Re: Dj and Bumblefoot quits GN'R

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:23 pm

Dj talks about why he left GN'R in the latest WMMR interview:

You played with Guns N' Roses until recently.

Dj Ashba: I did, I did. Another one of my favorite bands growing up. Six years I think it was, something like that.

Have you heard all the talk about Coachella with Guns N' Roses?

DJ: As a fan myself I couldn't be more stoked for the fan base. They've waited a long time for this to happen. It's so good that it's happening. I couldn't be happier for the fans.

It was one of those thing they were told would never happen.

DJ: Laughs, yeah yeah.

I suppose had to be pretty draining doing Sixx: A.M., Guns N' Roses, having a family. Doing all those things at once is probably overwhelming.

DJ: It was, it was a lot of work. But I've got to be honest ya know. I had the time of my life, I am beyond grateful to share the stage and had so many memories and met so many great fans out there. It was just a great time in my life.

However, we did this latest Sixx: A.M. run and it really just kind of made me go, wait a second, there's a huge difference playing somebody else's songs and playing my own. You know what I mean, I just felt every note I hit. Wow this is where I need to be. It was that tour that made me realize I had to go back to what I'm really about. I'm really really stoked.
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