25 Years Ago Today – Izzy Stradlin Quits Guns N’ Roses (Watch “14 Years” Live ’91)

25 years ago today (11/7/91), rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses and was replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin citied a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety. Stradlin brought a Keith Richard sense of fashion, cool and rhythmic dynamic to the band. Stradlin co-wrote most of the songs on Appetite For Destruction including the hits “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Paradise City”. He also wrote the hit “Patience” off the follow-up album G N’ R Lies. On the Use Your Illusion albums Stradlin co-wrote the hits “Don’t Cry” and “You Could Be Mine”, and performed lead vocals on the songs “Dust N’ Bones”, “You Ain’t the First”, “Double Talkin’ Jive”, and “14 Years”. Watch Stradlin perform “14 Years” with Guns N’ Roses live in 1991.

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