The Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour is the first time in 23 years that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have been on stage together. Unfortunately, drummer Steve Adler was unable to make the full tour, but did make a surprise appearance at several shows including Los Angeles, Nashville and Cincinnati. Izzy Stradlin, however, has not joined the group on the tour at all.
When asked by Brazilian TV program Fantastico why Izzy Stradlin did not join the GNR reunion Axl Rose vaguely stated
“I don’t really know what to say about Izzy. It’s like, you could have a conversation and think it’s one way, and then the next day it’s another way. And I’m not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It’s just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is.” He continued
“We make arrangements and then he goes and does other things. With Izzy you never know what to expect.”
Stradlin responded via Twitter saying
“Bullshit. They didn’t want to split the loot equally . Simple as that . Moving right along.”
They didn’t want to split the loot equally . Simple as that . Moving right along……..
— Izzy Stradlin (@IzzyStradlin999) September 8, 2016
According to Loudwire, Stradlin turned down five figure offers to play at the Las Vegas and Los Angeles shows. An admin on a GNR message board and apparent band insider stated
“We know Izzy was in rehearsals at one point and was negotiating to appear at a few of the April gigs. Equal pay was never discussed. A 5-figure fee per cameo is what was being negotiated. But there is a lot of room for negotiation on a 5-figure fee. 10k? 99k? Whatever it was, they were far apart and Izzy bailed. He doesn’t need their chump change and they don’t need to throw away a bunch of money on a guy that isn’t gonna sell many tix.”