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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,
Daren Jay “DJ” Ashba hailed Friday’s decision by a Nevada state board ordering the Las Vegas police department to reinstate David O’Leary to his job.
“When you know you’re innocent for almost two years, it couldn’t be a better day,” Ashba told KLAS-TV of Las Vegas. “He loses his job because he did something out of the kindness of his heart. He did nothing wrong. We did nothing wrong.”
DJ Ashba is deep into Sixx:A.M., but GNR is not finished; record-setting drag event is taking over the Strip – Las Vegas Sun News
Meantime, cue the band:
• Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is not the GNR guitarist this weekend. Rather, he’s performing with SIXX:A.M. at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night. SIXX:A.M. is the hard-rock band founded in 2007 by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and vocalist James Michael, and the lineup at the Joint also features the cello-metal band Apocalyptica fronted by Las Vegas native Franky Perez.
Also a resident of Las Vegas, Ashba is working on side projects from this side project, most notably a soundtrack to a major motion picture due for release this summer. Ashba has just recently began scoring (films), expanding on his work with director and producer Eli Roth, for whom he wrote the music in the 2013 horror film “Green Inferno.” Ashba also crafted music at Roth’s since-closed Goretorium horror attraction on the Strip.
At the end of the most recent Guns N’ Roses residency at the Joint, rumors abounded that Axl Rose had no plans for any further touring or recording with the current lineup of GNR.
But Ashba expects to return to the stage with Rose, saying, “I’ve got his back whenever he needs me. Ever since I joined GNR six years ago, it’s almost been nonstop touring. But we’ve kind of talked of more touring, and I’m looking at this more as a hiatus than the end.”
Today I decided to buy 10 Happy Meals from McDonalds and stick 100.00 dollars in each box and spread some Holiday cheer to a few people in need. Happy Holidays to All and God Bless.
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DJ Ashba Discusses New Sixx:A.M. Album ‘Modern Vintage’, Guitars, Recording and Playing Live | Legendary Rock Interviews
DJ Ashba has come a long way from the kid who left home at sixteen to where he is today with Sixx:A.M. & Guns N’ Roses! He has slugged it out from releasing his debut instrumental solo album in 1996, joining the BulletBoys two years later, he eventually hooked up with Joe Lesté of Bang Tango to form Beautiful Creatures who released one of the best rock albums of the decade in 2001 only to quit the group the following year.
In 2005, he started working with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, later forming Sixx:A.M. with vocalist James Michael. Sixx:A.M. has went on to release two full-length albums & three EP’s and are gearing up to release their third full-length album, ‘Modern Vintage’ on October 7th via Eleven Seven Music. Oh yeah, between all that he has ran a very successful multi-media company bearing his name, co-wrote all but one song on Mötley Crüe’s 2008 album ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’, lent his writing & producing talents to other recording artists and in 2009, DJ joined Guns N’ Roses.
Somehow, DJ found the time to call LRI and give us the low down on all things Sixx:A.M. as well as possible plans for recording and touring with Guns N’ Roses in 2015. This interview features a few ‘Spinal Tap’ moments thanks to the joys of cellular technology, a fire truck running hot to a call and DJ having the pleasure of a trash truck pull up beside him outside his hotel.
Dj Ashba Says Guns N’ Roses Has Been Hitting The Stage ‘Pretty Much’ Right On Time In Last Year – Blabbermouth.net
GUNS N’ ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist Daren Jay “DJ” Ashba was interviewed on the June 1 edition of “The Louvau Show” on the 93.9 KWSS radio station. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. (Note: The Ashba interview begins around the 18-minute mark.)
Asked about GUNS N’ ROSES’ improved track record of going on stage on time in the last few months of touring the world, Ashba said: “The last year we’ve been going on pretty much dead-on. Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES singer] has made a very big point to be on stage on time. It’s funny, ‘cause it’s nothing that media races out and reports. They tend to get the bigger hits when they have something negative to report. So you don’t really hear about that so much. But yeah, I’ve been really happy. Everybody has been really on it, and the fans are happy, and it’s really cool.”
Ashba also spoke about the physical demands of a GUNS N’ ROSES performance, calling it a “a super-high-adrenaline show. Like, we are running for three solid hours up there and playing our asses off. It takes its toll on your body, for sure. We’re basically doing the equivalent of two shows in one, kind of.”
He continued: “I remember we played a festival and we only played, like, an hour and a half, and it seemed so short. When I got off stage, I was, like, ‘Wow. That’s pretty much a normal show length for most bands.’ It’s just weird when you’re so used to doing three-hour shows, your body is just used to that [physical demand]. So it’s kind of weird when we do a festival and have to play half the time, which is still a long show.”
Ashba was also asked if he thinks three guitarists are really necessary to perform the GUNS N’ ROSES material live. “I don’t,” he admitted. “I don’t, but I get it. Could two of us pull off those songs? Absolutely. But I think what’s cool, and where Axl is coming from is he wants it to sound like the record; Axl is very big on that. You know, everybody that’s ever made a record, usually there’s more than two guitar tracks on a song; you’ve got rhythms and lead and overdubs. So it’s kind of cool, ‘cause everybody… [Axl has] really put together an incredible pool of musicians. He handpicked everybody in this band and I’m honored to be a part of it. Everybody in this band is top-notch players. So, yeah, could two of us do it? Of course. But to me, we can do all the bells and whistles and put the icing on the cake as well, and we don’t have to put anything on… You know what I mean?! It’s like we play. And it sounds very authentic that way, I think. We can really make it sound like the record, like a really cool live experience for people.”
Regarding whether there are any concrete plans for the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES To go into the studio and record new music, Ashba said: “Of course, before I joined the band, there’s two more albums’ worth of songs that already had been recorded and Axl’s played me a part of it. It’s great stuff. I can’t wait. I think we’re gonna tear into it. And, of course, I’m a songwriter and producer, and I have 13 or 14 brand new songs, and everybody kind of has their own songs. So lack of songs really isn’t the problem. It’s… To be honest, we’ve been touring so hardcore since I’ve been in the band — we’ve been around the world four or five times in the last five years — so it’s just a matter of, really, ‘Hey, let’s stop touring for a bit and put together what we feel.. Let’s sift through [all] the songs and song ideas and put together what we feel is gonna be the next best GUNS N’ ROSES record.”
Rose hinted in a rare new interview with Revolver magazine that a follow-up to the 2008 album “Chinese Democracy” could be in the works. Rose explained, “We recorded a lot of things before ‘Chinese’ was out. We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of ‘Chinese’. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from ‘Chinese’. That’s been done for a while, too.”
Rose added that after the band finishes its current residency at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas, “We’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard.”
GUNS N’ ROSES will release “Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas” on July 1 via Universal Music Enterprises. The show was filmed on November 21, 2012 during the “Appetite For Democracy” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of GUNS’ classic 1987 debut, “Appetite For Destruction”, as well as four years of touring behind 2008’s “Chinese Democracy”.
They’ve taken The Joint at The Hard Rock by storm with their residency and now Dj ASHBA, along with some other performers, is taking on Body English! Find out more about this one-night-only event today!