Guns N' Roses replace Izzy Stradlin with Gilby Clarke

Stradlin informed the band through their manager Alan Niven that he was quitting.

According to Stephen Davis' Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses, the final straw for Izzy came when Axl attempted to put him on salary. Davis quotes Robert John, the band's photographer: "We were in Germany, and I knew something was wrong. The band wasn't going onstage, and nobody knew why. Duff came out of the band meeting, really upset, and then went back in again...Then word filtered down to the crew that what happened was something about Izzy getting demoted...I couldn't believe this, because I thought Izzy wrote all their best songs. He was Axl's writing partner."

He finally left the band on November 7, 1991, at the end of the European leg of the band's tour. His last show as an official member was at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of 72,000 people. He was eventually replaced by rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke. Slash stated in his autobiography that the shows that took place with Stradlin after he announced his set departure, were the only shows Axl Rose showed up to on time. It is said that Rose genuinely did not want Stradlin to leave.