In 1991, Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin left the band. Having become disillusioned with incidents such as the St. Louis riot and Axl Rose's constant tardiness to live shows, Stradlin decided that leaving the group was the right decision.

"Once I quit drugs," Stradlin began. "I couldn't help looking around and asking myself, 'Is this all there is?' I was just tired of it; I needed to get out … "When you're f---ed up, you're more likely to put up with things you wouldn't normally put up with."