Steve Riley's take on why Tracii was kicked out of GNR.
When we were in LA GUNS in the mid-80’s and this whole scene was going on out here, we always wondered. Me, Mick, Kelly & Phil always wondered why the guys in GUNS N ROSES wouldn’t give Tracii the fucking time of day. They wouldn’t even say hi to him! I’d been in rooms where GNR was there with Slash and the guys - they wouldn’t even look at Tracii! I always wondered, “What the fuck? How could it be that bad?” Now I know. He’s burnt bridges so bad that people in a band that supposedly has his name in it-
If you go back to this fucking behind the scenes thing or whatever they had on VH1 for GUNS N ROSES - Me & Phil were on tour, we were waiting ‘cause we had heard Tracii did a four hour interview over at CBGB’s. And we were waiting that year for it to come out, and we saw it on the bus & were watching it. The first 15 minutes were gonna have to contain Trace , ‘cause it’s the beginning - Nothing! Zero! They didn’t even mention this guy’s name, and I found out why. When Duff and Slash & those guys saw Tracii’s piece, they said, “We don’t need this fucking guy! He has nothing to do with fucking GUNS N ROSES!” So now here’s the supposed “GUNS” from GUNS N ROSES that’s not even mentioned in their fucking history, bio or nothing! He’s not even mentioned – he’s nothing. Unless somebody – a journalist- says that it started back then. But as far as the band’s concerned, he has nothing to do with their history at all, and I always wondered “What the fuck?“
It’s because this guy is so bad to people after he plays with him, or even while he’s playing with them that you just want to wash your hands and say “Fuck it – Yeah, the guy’s a good guitar player, but fuck this maintenance problem. We don’t even want to deal with it!” And that’s where it is right now. It’s a horrible, horrible scene between us and Tracii right now that probably will never, ever be fixed, because he’s such an asshole to people.
Edited by dalsh327, 25 September 2012 - 07:25 PM.