"Izzy’s sobriety functioned only if he traveled separately and stayed in different hotels from us. I had gotten used to not having him around, but it was still blow to the band. From day one, Izzy and I had shared the right side of the stage. We had seen everything- from our rise though the L.A. clubs to these massive arena shows- from the exact same perspective. The perception in popular culture is that the singer and the lead guitar player are generally the artistic brain trust of any band. In our case, Izzy was probably the most significant force-without his initial vision and his songwriting cues, there would have been no Guns N’ Roses. He and I still had our time together on the right side of the stage. But those moments made me think Izzy extremely uncomfortable with the way we were treating our fans."
It’s So Easy and other lies by Duff McKagan (via sarahastrid)