Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist IZZY STRADLIN Guests On JOHN MELLENCAMP's New Album
April 28, 2017
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin makes a guest appearance on "Grandview", the new single from John Mellencamp. Also featured on the track — which is included on Mellencamp's new album "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" — is country singer Martina McBride.
According to NPR, "Grandview" is "the album's only real rocker," and it is "sung from the perspective a working-class middle-aged man whose biggest dream is outfitting himself with a trailer and getting out of town."
Stradlin previously appeared on Mellencamp's song "Miss Missy", which was included on the rocker's 1998 album "John Mellencamp".
"Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" is being released today (Friday, April 28).
It was rumored in September that Stradlin turned down a five-figure fee to play with GUNS N' ROSES at last April's reunion shows.
Stradlin tweeted about the dispute, writing that the band didn't want to "split the loot equally."
The April gigs included a warm-up gig at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, two shows at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, a pair at Foro Sol in Mexico City and the band's headlining appearance at Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. It is unclear which shows Stradlin would have performed at and/or if he could have signed on for the summer reunion tour.
GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour features three members of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup — guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose — backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.