Guns N’ Roses guitarist involved in bar fight over e-cigarette

The incident took place over the weekend in Las Vegas

Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba was reportedly involved in an altercation at a club in Las Vegas.

Ashba, who joined the band in 2009 after Robin Finck parted ways with the group to rejoin Nine Inch Nails, was in attendance at the US city’s Planet Hollywood over the weekend, watching singer Romeo Santos perform. According to TMZ, a fight broke out between Ashba and another clubber over an e-cigarette that the musician was using.

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TMZ reports that the security “escorted” all those involved from the premises while “the guy’s girlfriend even got in the mix”. Police are said to have deemed Ashba the innocent party in the alteraction, with the man and his girlfriend charged with misdemeanor battery.

In April, Ashba claimed that Guns N’ Roses are currently on hiatus, but expects them to return soon. “I’ve got his back whenever he needs me,” Ashba said of frontman Axl Rose. “Ever since I joined GN’R six years ago, it’s almost been non-stop touring. But we’ve kind of talked of more touring, and I’m looking at this more as a hiatus than the end.”

The band have not performed live since July 2014 and do not have any gigs scheduled in the future.

Meanwhile former Guns N’ Roses member Duff McKagan recently dismissed claims that his band copied Australian Crawls 1981 song ‘Unpublished Critics’ for ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. The case came to light earlier this month when Australian blog Max TV highlighted similarities between the songs. The Aussie band’s singer James Reyne said the two songs were undeniably similar, but that he had no intention of suing Guns N’ Roses.

McKagan later told American radio show Opie Radio: “At that point, Guns were trying to be so original and different to do our own thing. There’s just no way we would have referenced anything. So if there’s any similarity, it’s complete happenstance.” He added that it was inevitable that some songs sound the same.

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