Speaking to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven has revealed the phone call he got from guitarist Izzy Stradlin.

Here’s the statement:

“I parted ways with GN’R in March of 1991 and then about three months later, when Izzy [Stradlin] left, I was in Switzerland at the time and he came up on my cellphone and I’m going like, ‘What the hell is Izzy calling me for?’.

He told me that he had enough and wanted to quit, and that set off alarm bells – I knew that they had some dates coming in because that was one of the last things I did for GN’R.

Izzy left three months after I did and of course Gilby had an enviable task of having to slip on Izzy’s boots and get in there and be a replacement. So I didn’t know Gilby at that point, but I did actually meet him when I was working at East End. Gilby had the same function, something to do with promo, I can’t remember exactly – it was tied to an LA TV station.”

Mitch Lafon asked:

“Were you surprised that when they were doing the reunion in 2016, they didn’t bother inviting Gilby Clarke back and make it more of a ‘Use Your Illusion’ lineup? Or were you not surprised at all?”

Alan Niven responded:

“I wasn’t particularly surprised. There were a number of considerations of why it didn’t surprise me. Certain relationships weren’t so brilliant at that time, and the other thing was that, in my mind, Axl wanted to control the membership of the band as firmly as he could.

So if anything, I was slightly surprised that there weren’t more members from Axl’s solo band claiming to be GN’R.

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