DJ Ashba has quit GUNS N’ ROSES, after joining the band in 2009.
The guitarist revealed he decided to depart the band to focus on his own band, which features Nikki Sixx and James Michael.
In a handwritten letter posted on his official website, he wrote, “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.”
Despite his decision to leave the iconic band, he insisted frontman Axl Rose will remain a ”true friend” and thanked him for letting him join the group.
The news of Ashba’s departure comes just days after guitarist Richard Fortus admitted he was unsure of the band’s future, even though they had previously discussed the band releasing a new album.
Fortus stated, “The current state of GN’R is pretty up in the air. 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. (sic)”