DJ Ashba won't rejoin Guns N' Roses
DJ Ashba doesn't see himself returning to Guns N' Roses.
The 44-year-old guitarist joined the 'Sweet Child O' Mine' band in 2009 and left in July 2015 to focus on his own band Sixx:A.M. - which also features Nikki Sixx and James Michael.
He now says he doesn't plan on rejoining the group - also comprised of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - because he thinks they are doing well "without" him.
Speaking during an interview with Irish website Overdrive, he explained: "To be honest, I think they are doing great without me, and really, I don't see myself going back to Guns N' Roses ever again. Those days are over for me. I'm having a blast doing what I'm doing with Sixx:A.M. and couldn't be happier with the way things have panned out for me. My heart is totally committed to all things Sixx:A.M. right now and I'm very excited about the prospect of touring and writing more music with Nikki and James [Michael]."
Ashba has admitted that a huge "weight" was "lifted" when he departed the band and while he learnt a lot from the six years he performed with them, he is glad not to have so much pressure on himself.
He said: "It really does feel like a humongous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, for sure.
"That was as huge responsibility for me being in Guns N' Roses, and, to be honest, I didn't really know just how big that weight was going to be. I learned a lot from my time with GNR and am very grateful for it all.
"I experienced something for six whole years that money can't buy and I was able to take away a huge amount of self-growth and an insight into the workings of a huge band like that."
One of the biggest struggles for Ashba was how much "criticism" he received, but it has only made him stronger and allowed him to grow a "thick skin".
He added: "I didn't for one moment, anticipate that along with such a great gig, was going to be so much criticism, as well as a lot of praising and a lot of everything!
"The whole experience really made me grow thick skin real quick [laughs] and be aware of my surroundings."