Seems that original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin may indeed be part of the group's reunion plans this year.
According to Alan Niven, who managed GNR from 1986-91, says in a new interview that, "I think (Stradlin) has written with them...recently" -- which has caused a stir, although it could be he was referring to some songwriting bassist Duff McKagan says he and Stradlin did together last year. Niven also says that in regards to what GNR is planning this year -- including two appearances at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and rumored stadium dates after that -- "Izzy will sit on the sidelines until he wants to get his toes in the water. He doesn't like all the drama."
McKagan's wife Susan Holmes-McKagan also responded to a fan's Instagram post that "No Izzy? That's sad" with her own note, "never say never." Beyond McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash, GNR has not yet specified who will be part of this year's lineup.
Longtime GNR drummer Matt Sorum, who replaced co-founder Steven Adler, has chosen not to comment on what, if any, involvement he'll have; he was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend but refused to answer paparazzi questions about GNR.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.