Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin has released a cover version of the J.J. Cale song "Call Me The Breeze", featuring special guest appearances by Lauren Barth (vocals) and Jesse Aycock (guitar). The track was recorded in the late summer of 2016 at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, California and Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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' two-month North American stadium tour grossed a massive $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold, according to Billboard.com. The "Not In This Lifetime" trek, which ran from June 23 through August 22 and included 25 concerts in 21 cities, earned a staggering amount for a rock band in 2016. The band grossed an additional $15 million earlier in the spring from the two shows in Las Vegas and another pair at Coachella.
The 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.
Original drummer Steven Adler performed with the group at two shows in July and at the second Dodger Stadium concert on August 19, getting behind the kit for "My Michelle" and "Out Ta Get Me" at all three dates.
"Call Me the Breeze" features special guest appearances by Lauren Barth and Jesse Aycock . Two very talented artists ....check them out !— Izzy Stradlin (@IzzyStradlin999) December 18, 2016