Izzy Stradlin Is Going To Release New Music, His Bandmate Confirms
Former Guns N’ Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin’s longtime collaborator Rick Richards opened up about the musician’s future plans on music during a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. According to the guitarist, Stradlin has tons of unreleased material that’s waiting to come out.
For those of you who may not know, Rick Richards and Izzy Stradlin first started collaborating following his departure from Guns N’ Roses in 1991. The guitarist formed the band Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds and started working with Richards on lead guitar.
In addition to his work under Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, the former GN’R icon worked with the Georgia Satellites guitarist on his solo albums. Although they have been collaborating for decades, the duo has been silent since his eleventh studio album, ‘Wave of Heat,’ released on July 15, 2010.
During a recent interview, Rick Richards opened up about his tenure with the GN’R guitarist. When asked if he will be working with Izzy Stradlin in the near future, Richards stated that he spoke to him eight months ago. During their phone call, Richards told Stradlin that he’s ready to make music whenever he’s ready as well.
In response, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist told Richards he’ll be the first person to call when he wants to make music, which probably means he has no intentions to embark on something new anytime soon. In addition to this, Richards revealed that Izzy Stradlin has a lot of unreleased material which is waiting to come out. However, the guitarist stressed that he doesn’t know what Stradlin wants to do with them.
During the interview, Richards said:
“Yeah, the last time I spoke with him was during the pandemic, like eight months ago. I said, ‘Look, if you ever feel like doing it again, I’m at your disposal.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, you know, you’re the first I’ll call.‘
I haven’t heard from him, but you know, we cut so much material. There’s so much Izzy material that’s never seen the light of day that needs to. There’s tons of stuff out there. I don’t know if he’s ever going to release it or not.”
It appears that Izzy Stradlin could have released new music in the past decades if he wanted to since there seems to be a lot of unreleased material from previous sessions. The guitarist hasn’t been completely absent though, as he released a number of singles over the years but fans have been waiting for a full-length album for a while now.