In an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan talked about the band’s reunion tour and said that he thinks ex-guitarist Izzy Stradlin was never interested in returning to the band.
In 2018, Stradlin said he was not involved in the shows because he was not able “to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process”.
Duff McKagan said about Izzy Stradlin in the reunion:
“[Izzy] and I have done a lot together in all the years in between. But this tour, I just don’t think he ever wanted to do it. We tried to make it work, but it just didn’t. And in a situation like this you’re really in it, man.
“You either get on it or you don’t, because the train’s moving forward. The good thing is, Slash really likes playing with Richard Fortus [GN’R guitarist since 2002], and Slash is somewhat picky about that kind of stuff. They get on great as far as a two-guitar player relationship goes.
“To be honest, I haven’t taken a lot of time to go back on the Izzy thing. Because we just move forward, and things are so good. And as I’ve found out many times in my life, things are supposed to happen as they happen.”