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Guitarist DJ Ashba leaves Guns N' Roses

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Another guitarist has moved on from Guns N’ Roses. DJ Ashba, who joined the classic rock group in 2009, posted a 3-page letter online Monday announcing his decision. “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,” Ashba wrote.

Although he never performed on a Guns N’ Roses album—their most recent was 2008’s Chinese Democracy—Ashba served as a touring guitarist, most recently playing as part of the band’s spring 2014 Las Vegas residency. In his letter, Ashba said he plans to devote more time to his family and Sixx:A.M., his collaboration with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx.

Ashba’s decision to leave Guns N’ Roses isn’t as big a blow as it’d be to some other bands. He was the tenth guitarist it has had since forming 30 years ago, and other than singer Axl Rose, none of the members who made classic albums like 1987’s Appetite For Destruction or 1991’s Use Your Illusion has been in Guns N’ Roses since the ’90s—although guitar god Slash recently suggested fans should “never say never” when it comes to a reunion.

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