Earlier today, July 27th, 2015, Sixx:AM guitarist DJ Ashba announced his departure from groundbreaking Guns n’ Roses. Ashba was hired to be the guitarist for Guns n’ Roses in 2009 following the release of Chinese Democracy. Ashba joined the band to fill the spot of Robin Finck who had left to join Nine Inch Nails.
DJ Ashba posted a handwritten letter onto his website- which was translated into regular typed English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Japanese. The sincerity that was laced throughout the entire letter was enough to make your heart ache. The way he talks about his fans was with such genuine gratitude it was easy to tell how grateful he is and has been for them over the years. “I was terrified!! But you were so accepting. You immediately turned my fear into pride. For that, I am truly grateful.” Ashba wrote.
“I have reached a point in my life where I feel it’s time to dedicate myself to my band SIXX:AM, my adoring wife and family and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me.” Ashba wrote as to why he will no longer be a member of Guns n’ Roses. He makes an excellent point, and should be supported for his reasoning. Sure, if you’re a die hard DJ Ashba in GnR fan you might be a little crushed, but remember- it’s important that’s he’s happy, too.
Another point Ashba makes is his pure admiration for Axl Rose and its clear to see that he is beyond appreciative for the opportunity that he was given by Axl six years ago. He writes, “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”. Ashba mentioned that he originally thought his admittance into Guns n’ Roses was a long shot- so he is thankful for Axl taking a chance on him.
He closes the letter with “Lets conquer the world together!!”, and with his loyal fans and promising future with SIXX:AM, he can do just that.
You can check out SIXX:AM’s latest news here, as well as their upcoming tour dates and their albums which you can stream via Spotify directly from their website.