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Guns N’ Roses Drummer Says the Band Is Still ‘Forging Ahead’

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Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba‘s recent resignation has left a void in the current lineup, but drummer Frank Ferrer says there are no hard feelings — and he promises Ashba’s departure won’t impact the group’s future plans.

Ferrer shared the news during his appearance on the Geoff Lenox Show yesterday, admitting that even though there doesn’t seem to have been much direct contact between Axl Rose and the other members of GNR, everything is fine; as he put it, “we’re still forging ahead.” “It’s not really news,” he added. “It’s, like, there’s a plan in place, and it’s happening, so that’s all I can say.”

Asked whether he’d reached out to Ashba since he resigned, Ferrer said, “I haven’t spoken to DJ, but apparently DJ would … rather do other stuff right now, which is cool.” Referencing Ashba’s letter of resignation, which expressed gratitude for his time in the group and admiration for his bandmates, Ferrer added, “Everything he said in that letter is true. I mean, he has a great relationship with the band members and with Axl. Everything’s good.”

Whoever Ashba’s replacement turns out to be, they’ll presumably have a little time to settle into the gig before Guns N’ Roses return to full-time action. The group is reportedly eyeing 2016 for a round of new tour dates, although new music remains the stuff of rumors and guitarist Richard Fortus recently referred to GNR’s current status as “up in the air.”

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