During in a recent interview with Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon, former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven has revealed why DJ Ashba didn’t join the GN’R reunion tour.
“My big surprise was that DJ Ashba didn’t get a spot. I thought he’d get it for sure because you could see pictures of them hanging out in Vegas and all. I thought there was some sort of brotherhood going on – that was the perception.”
“Come on. One top hat at a time. The fact that DJ Ashba would put on a leather top hat and go on to that side of the stage made me raise an eyebrow. But most certainly, there is only one top hat in rock and roll.”
“That’s true, but I was just thinking that he had a great friendship with Axl and that he was going to be part of the band. I was actually surprised when I heard he was quitting or that he got fired. I really thought that, if anything, Richard [Fortus] might go and DJ would stay.”
“No, no no no. I’m willing to speculate that DJ was probably terrified with the idea of having to be on a stage with Slash. I’m sure DJ Ashba looked at the situation and said, ‘No, I’m not going to go up there and be compared to Slash.’ Not directly.”