Axl Rose and Guns n’ Roses have recruited Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba for their “upcoming tour,” the band announced in a press release issued Saturday, March 21st. Ashba is also known for co-writing and co-producing Mötley Crüe’s Saints of Los Angeles. Rock Daily recently reported that Gn’R were planning a worldwide stadium tour for this summer, so Ashba’s addition is likely the final piece of the touring-band puzzle before we start getting some concrete details regarding Axl and company hitting the road.
“DJ’s a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns n’ Roses is proud to have on board!” Axl Rose said of his new axeman in an exclamation-point-packed statement. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work together. Guns’ radar has silently been aware of DJ’s presence for quite some time! He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem expanding the tapestry of Guns n’ Roses live. Once DJ’s name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!”
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a band that I have always loved and respected,” Ashba said of his new job. “I’m looking forward to working with Axl, who is not only one of the few great frontmen of our generation, but a true artist.” Ashba, who was born in Indiana like Rose, replaces guitarist Robin Finck, who played a large role in the recording of Chinese Democracy but absconded from Guns to rejoin Nine Inch Nails. Ashba becomes the latest in a long line of Gn’R guitarists, joining Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Gilby Clarke, Buckethead, Finck and currently, Richard Fortus and Bumblefoot. To quote the press release, “Now, one step closer to the abyss, Ashba joins a band whose all time roster is nearly as long as its founder Axl Rose’s rap sheet!”