Dj Ashba quits Guns N’ Roses and forges ahead with Sixx: A.M.
Guitarist Dj Ashba just announced today via a classy handwritten letter that he is quitting Guns N’ Roses to focus on Sixx:A.M., his wife and family.
Dj Ashba joined Guns N’ Roses back in March 2009 when he replaced Robin Finck who left the band to rejoin Nine Inch Nails.
“To Each and Every One Of You,
6 years ago I received a call that changed my life forever. The call was from a dear friend of mine (Katie McNeil-Diamond) who was working with Guns N’ Roses. It was an offer to audition for Axl Rose and earn a role in arguably the biggest rock band of my time. While I thought it was a complete long-shot, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Much to my shock and surprise, I got the gig. And so began the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined. I was blessed with the opportunity to not only work with one of the most talented bands but also to share the stage with a living legend and a truly gifted human being, Axl Rose. The amount of confidence and trust that Axl placed in me was genuinely heartwarming and truly career-defining. In the years that followed I traveled the world many times over and played these incredible songs night after night to the most enthusiastic and loving crowds. As you can imagine, the friendships that were forged during that time were deep and long lasting. But the most beautiful surprise of all was YOU… the fans. You welcomed me into your lives with open arms and showed me love and support that I could only have dreamed of. From the very first time I stepped on stage and started playing “Welcome To The Jungle,” and felt the crowd erupt, I knew my life would never be the same. I’m not gonna lie…I was terrified!! But you were so accepting. You immediately turned my fear into pride. For that, I am truly grateful.
So now it is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I’ve shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me. I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx:A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.
As I sit here writing this letter, 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. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted.
I hope that you all join me as I forge ahead. Let’s conquer the world together!
With love and respect,
The following press release was recently issued by Eleven Seven Music Group about Sixx:A.M.‘s plans for 2016:
“Sixx:A.M. is the band formed by bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist & producer James Michael and guitarist Dj Ashba. Sixx:A.M.’s previous two albums – The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt – both of which were accompanied by books of the same name – have sold over 600,000 copies and spawned 2 number one radio singles, “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt”. Their third album, released in October 2014, called Modern Vintage has garnered rave reviews. The album’s breakout hit single “Stars” has sold over 73K copies and its video has 1.1 million views.
Nikki explains “Sixx:A.M. is in the most creative place of our career and we’ve already completed almost 24 songs to date. We’re still on a writing and recording spree and plan on finishing up at least 30 songs total. Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the album have over 22 songs that tie together thematically and sonically. They will not be released at the same time to allow fans to absorb each album to its fullest but both will come out in 2016. This will be tied in with a 24-month world tour. For James, DJ and myself we think it’s the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who’ve been supporting us over the last 3 albums. We’re ready.”
James Michael adds, “There have been a few moments in Sixx:AM‘s history that I would consider ‘turning points.’ When “Life Is Beautiful” reached the top of the charts, we realized that the three of us had a real chemistry and a knack for writing songs that connected with people. When we recorded “This Is Gonna Hurt“, it became clear that we had created a unique “sound” that only the three of us together could achieve. But, I believe that the most pivotal moment for us came when we set out on our first headlining tour for “Modern Vintage.” Playing to sold-out audiences every night made it clear that we had finally become a real band. We have now taken that energy and inspiration into the studio as we embark on our most ambitious undertaking… A double album which leaves no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock.”
Dj Ashba sums it all up… “Imagine the next two years filled with world tours, meet n’ greets and more new music by Sixx:A.M. than your ears can handle. Well that’s exactly what’s going to happen! Nikki, James and myself have all decided to make Sixx:A.M. our main priority! We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually. Also, we would like to thank you for your patience, your loyalty, and most of all, for turning us into a real band. We’ll see you on the road in 2016!”
Sixx:A.M.‘s Modern Vintage was voted the #12 album of the year for 2014 by Sleaze Roxx readers.