Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba quits band

Ashba has played with band since 2009

DJ Ashba has confirmed that he has quit Guns N’ Roses.

The guitarist has played with the band for the last six years after joining in 2009. He confirmed the news in a hand-written letter posted on his official website and explained that he will spend his time focuses on his own band Sixx:A.M.

The note reads: “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”.

Ashba also took time out to pay special tribute to his Guns N’ Roses frontman: “I want to take a moment to thank Axl [Rose] 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.”

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Earlier this month (July), fellow guitarist Richard Fortus threw doubt on the future of Guns N’ Roses, saying he hasn’t heard news on the band for some time.

The guitarist has been part of Guns N’ Roses since 2001, making him the longest serving ‘new line-up’ guitarist in the band. He commented on the band’s current status in response to a question about plans to tour and record in 2016.

“The current state of GN’R is pretty up in the air,” he told RockAbout.com. “The last I heard they wanted to finish up the recordings that we have and put them out next year and start touring. But it has been a while since I’ve heard from anybody in that camp as far as management or Axl. So I really don’t know.”

Only last month, Fortus talked about Guns N’ Roses having enough material to make up two or three new albums, while back in April the now departed Ashba said the band are on a short-term hiatus.