Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba says that he was “treated like gold” by the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, during his six-year stint with the group.
During an appearance on the SiriusXM show “Dirty Sexy Funny” with host Jenny McCarthy, Ashba was asked how difficult it was dealing with Axl on a scale of 1 to “Kanye West,” with “Kanye” signifying the most difficult a person can be, Ashba said: “It got difficult here and there. I mean, he’s definitely a unique character.”
He added: “You know what? I had the best time of my life doing it. I’m grateful. But he’s the kind of guy that he has a very tight-knit circle, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of that tight-knit circle. And he’s always treated me like gold. So, as far as what I can say, I have not a bad word to say. Although I do know if you cross him, he can turn more into the Kanye side of things.”
Ashba, who joined GUNS N’ ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck, issued a statement in July 2015 saying that he was leaving the band. His statement read in part: “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. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band SIXX: A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me.”
Ashba added: “I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years.”
Ashba said earlier in his statement that working with GUNS N’ ROSES was “the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined.”