DJ Ashba
American musician
DJ Ashba
Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba is an American musician, producer, songwriter and CEO of Ashba Media. He is the lead guitarist in Guns N' Roses and Sixx:A.M. He is also known for his work with hard rock bands BulletBoys and Beautiful Creatures. Ashba has worked with various artists including Mötley Crüe, Drowning Pool, Marion Raven, Aimee Allen and Neil Diamond.
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Guns N' Roses proposal prompts police probe
CBS News - over 3 years
Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping guitarist "DJ" Ashba execute a grand romantic gesture
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Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba on New Material and 'Unique' Vegas Residency
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Guns N' Roses have plenty on their plate this fall The rockers will play Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit which runs October 20th and 21st in Mountain View California and then take to Las Vegas on Halloween for a 12-date residency through November 24th at the Hard Rock Hotel's...
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Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba tells emotional story of childhood abuse
Fox News - almost 5 years
Ashba says he was physically and mentally abused by his father from a very young age.
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Axl Rose Turns Down the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
Getty Images Singer Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses performs at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Axl Rose has penned a letter declining an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” Rose said in the letter. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”  Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/Face, Laura Nyro, and Donovan are set to be honored at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Half of Fame ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland. In an interview with The Associated Press, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who has had a long-running feud with Rose, had said: “I have no idea what’s going to happen on that day. It’s more ...
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Axl Rose pens letter to Rock Hall: won't attend, declines induction
LATimes - almost 5 years
This post has been updated. See below for details. Early this morning, Pop & Hiss received a letter from Guns N' Roses co-founder Axl Rose, through his publicist, announcing his decision to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland. Written under the greeting, "To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern," Rose explained specifically why he was declining his induction into the Cleveland music institution. The band, born in Los Angeles in 1985, was announced as an inductee in February alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Donovan, among others, leading to instant speculation whether the five core members of Guns N' Roses circa "Appetite for Destruction" would appear together for the first time since 1993. Guitarist Slash officially departed the band in 1996, followed soon thereafter by other members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (original drummer Steven Adler had left a few years earli ...
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Is Axl Rose Dating Lana Del Rey?
Extra - almost 5 years
Rocker Axl Rose, 50, and 25-year-old singer Lana Del Rey left Chateau Marmont together late Friday night, instantly igniting the internet with relationship rumors. When Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba was asked about the twosome, he said, "They are just friends," reports TMZ. "I don't think they're dating... Axl's a cool dude, and he likes to hang out with cool people," added Ashba. Prior to Del Rey's success with the pop hit "Video Games," the singer recorded a song called "Axl Rose Husband," in which she sings, "You're my one king daddy, I'm your little queen." The pair have yet to make a comment regarding the rumors.
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Ron Thal discuta despre Guns N Roses (video) - METALHEAD Romania
Google News - over 5 years
Potrivit chitaristului DJ Ashba, Guns N Roses au in plan inregistrarea unui nou material. 'Axl are foarte multe piese ramase din timpul sesiunilor pentru Chinese Democracy' declara chitaristul in varsta de 38 de ani. 'Are material suficient pentru inca
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deadmau5 surprise set lights up Sunser Strip Music Festival - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jamie Foxx, Jerry Ferrara, Chad Michael Murray, Shenae Grimes, Amber Lancaster, DJ Ashba of Guns N' Roses, Edi Gathegi and SSMF performers Matt & Kim and Semi Precious Weapons all partied alongside special guests Mötley Crüe. Further down The Strip,
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James Michael: Sixx:AM's Renaissance Man - Glide Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Not only does he sing, play some guitar and help create songs with fellow bandmates Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba, but he is also a producer, engineer and songwriter working with numerous other artists. Sometimes when he wakes up in the morning he doesn't
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Red Carpet Tribute to Motley Crue. - Zoiks! Online
Google News - over 5 years
Celebrities on the red carpet included Motley Crue, DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses), Buckcherry, Dane Cook, Escape the Fate, David Johansen (New York Dolls), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Neil Strauss (Rock author) and more. Basse, who has just returned from a US
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Guns N' Roses en Rosario - www.rock.com.ar
Google News - over 5 years
Los Guns vienen a Rosario y con Axl Rose, DJ Ashba en guitarras, Dizzy Reed en teclados y voces, Tony Stinson en bajo, Cris Stitman en teclado, Richard Fortus en guitarras, Franck Ferrer en batería y Ron Thal en también en guitarras
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Dj Ashba: Urasc trupele care copiaza alte trupe - METALHEAD Romania
Google News - over 5 years
In cadrul unui interviu acordat publicatiei Music Industry Examiner, DJ Ashba (chitaristul Guns N Roses) a discutat despre diferenta dintre un compozitor si un instrumentist. 'In primul rand e vorba de maturitate. Acel talent de a compune o piesa
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Slash, Brett Michaels, Nikki Sixx pay tribute to Jani Lane - NME.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jani was a good guy and one of the best songwriters in the late 80s." Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba also paid tribute, he wrote: " It's sad that sometimes it takes someone you know to lose their life to put yours into perspective, Jani Lane RIP."
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GUNS N' ROSES/SIXX: AM Guitarist DJ ASHBA: 'I Have Always Been A Visionary ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
Photographer Bjørn Opsahl of Blender 8 recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES/SIXX: AM guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Blender 8: So what constitutes a good rock shoot? DJ Ashba: The chemistry between
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of DJ Ashba
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    As of 2016, now uses his very own Schecter DJ Ashba signature model from the Schecter USA Custom Shop.
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  • 2015
    Age 42
    On July 27, 2015, DJ Ashba announced he was leaving the band, citing his commitment to his family and his other band Sixx:A.M..
    More Details Hide Details Ashba released a statement saying "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me." Daren Ashba owns two corporations, Ashba Media, Inc. which handles the art side of things and Ashbaland, Inc. which handles the music side of things. In 2003, he founded Ashba Media, Inc. This creative agency was announced the Agency of Record for Virgin Entertainment. AMI designs the look and feel of every Virgin Megastore. They also have other clients, such as Ovation guitars, Royal Underground and many more. Ashba contributed to Mötley Crüe's 2008 album Saints of Los Angeles penning all tracks with the exception of "This Ain't a Love Song". The title track "Saints of Los Angeles" was nominated for a Grammy the same year.
  • 2013
    Age 40
    He also toured with the band as part of its 2013 Australian Tour and appears on the band's 2014 Appetite for Democracy 3D video release.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 36
    He first toured with the band as part of the Chinese Democracy Tour where on December 11, 2009 Guns N' Roses played in Taiwan.
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    On March 23, 2009 Ashba was announced as the new lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses replacing Robin Finck, who had left the band to rejoin Nine Inch Nails.
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  • 2007
    Age 34
    Ashba released the critically acclaimed album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack after collaborating with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and producer James Michael under the name Sixx:A.M. in August, 2007 serving as a soundtrack to Sixx's autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.
    More Details Hide Details The single "Life is Beautiful" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. Originally the group stated they had no intention of touring. After constant support for the band and interest in a tour, they held a nationwide vote for tour dates. The tour was scheduled to start in spring 2008, but had been postponed to the summer due to unforeseeable circumstances. On April 15, 2008, Sixx:A.M. announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe's Crüe Fest, along with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Trapt. The tour began on July 1, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Florida. During Crüe Fest, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo served as a touring drummer for the band. A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band's summer tour. In April 2009, both James Michael and Nikki Sixx confirmed that the band was in the studio, recording new material. Sixx added that the new material is "inspiring. it feels like we may have topped ourselves on this album coming up, and can't wait for you to hear what it sounds like." On May 3, 2011 the Sixx:A.M. album This Is Gonna Hurt was released.
    In March 2007, Sixx penned "Reason I'm Alive" for Drowning Pool's new album Full Circle with both Sixx and Ashba co-producing the track.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    In 2006 Ashba set up Funny Farms Studios with Nikki Sixx.
    More Details Hide Details They began writing and producing, and performing music together which included collaborations with singer Marion Raven, whom Sixx had worked with before, on her Heads Will Roll EP and album Set Me Free. James Michael also is credited on the albums.
  • 2003
    Age 30
    Also in 2003, Ashba was invited to participate in the group Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns but turned it down to focus on his solo project. In 2005, a small controversy was caused when it was suggested that neither Tommy Lee nor Mick Mars played on the new tracks for Mötley Crüe's compilation album Red, White & Crüe (duties were supposedly handled by Vandals' drummer Josh Freese and Ashba as well as Mick being replaced by Ashba on their reunion tour.
    More Details Hide Details Ashba hit back at the rumors: 'Just want to set the record straight. As much as I would love to play on tour with Mötley, it's simply not true it's a rumor. I'll be in the studio and playing shows with ASHBA. I have all the respect in the world for Mötley Crüe and I can't wait to see Mick kick ass, as always.' A VH1 documentary of the band reuniting would later show that Lee did indeed play on some of the tracks.
    He formed another solo band, simply titled ASHBA after his departure from Beautiful Creatures where he added former Tuff guitarist Michael Thomas, who was Ashba's replacement in BC but left the group in 2003, bassist John Younger and drummer Blas Elias rounded out the group's lineup.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    On February 13, 2002, the band announced that Ashba had left the group and the band found a replacement and continued on.
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  • 2001
    Age 28
    The band then signed with Warner Bros. and released their self-titled debut Beautiful Creatures, produced by Marilyn Manson cohort Sean Beavan, on August 14, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Album track 1 A.M. was featured in the soundtrack for the 2001 horror film Valentine and TV series Smallville. Ride was featured on the soundtrack to the 2002 remake of Rollerball. Despite appearing at Ozzfest, the Rolling Rock Tour the band was dropped from their label due to poor album sales.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    In 1999, Ashba began piecing together the band that would become Beautiful Creatures with Bang Tango frontman Joe Lesté.
    More Details Hide Details They added former Shake The Faith and No. 9 bassist Kenny Kweens and session drummer Anthony Focx, who performed in the 1992 film Wayne's World appearing as the drummer in Tia Carrere's club band. Focx became the group's second guitarist and Glen Sobel, another session drummer, was brought in to take over drums. This was the first lineup under the moniker Beautiful Creatures. Prior to naming, the band opened one show in Houston, Texas for Kiss during their reunion tour after Ted Nugent pulled out.
    In 1999, he departed the group to start a new band with Lesté.
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  • 1998
    Age 25
    In 1998, Ashba joined BulletBoys as part of the band's new lineup.
    More Details Hide Details It was during his time with the band that he met Joe Lesté of Bang Tango.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    Eventually, he joined the group Barracuda and toured with the band for two years. In 1996, he released his debut instrumental album titled, Addiction to the Friction.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Born on November 10, 1972.
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