Sunday Old School: Izzy Stradlin


Izzy Stradlin was the member (and co-founder) of Guns N’ Roses that presumably could handle his heroin use. He left Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and has led his own band or solo efforts since.

Izzy was born and grew up in Lafayette, Indiana where he was friends with William Bailey, later known as Axl Rose. In 1980 Stradlin moved to Los Angeles and joined the punk band Naughty Women. After a brief stint with Naughty Women, Stradlin would play with The Atoms and Shire before forming Hollywood Rose with his childhood friend Axl Rose. In 1984 the band recorded a five-song demo and also during this time (Stradlin) formed the short-lived band Stalin. In 1985 Stradlin, founded Guns N’ Roses with Rose and several members of L.A. Guns. The band released the epic ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album in 1987. Stradlin wrote or co-wrote most of the songs as well as “Patience” off the follow-up album ‘Lies.’ The band blue up as did tensions around drug use. Around 1989 Stradlin took some time off and sobered up. In 1991 Guns N’ Roses released the ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums. Stradlin co-wrote many of the songs, but now sober, was not happy with the band shenanigans and left the band in 1991.

Stradlin went home and formed Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, which included Rick Richards (guitar), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass) and Charlie Quintana (drums). They released their first album in 1992 and toured Europe, Australia and North America. After the tour Stradlin put music off, instead focused on motor racing. They released a video for “Shuffle It All”, putting Stradlin’s bluesy rock and love of post boy hats, vests and trains on full display.

In 1995 Izzy returned, and in 1998 released his second solo album. It took over two years to record and featured former band mates Duff McKagan and Rick Richards. His third album was titled ‘Ride On’ and to promote the release Stradlin played shows in Japan. Stradlin’s solo band would go on to release two more albums, ‘River’ (2001) and ‘On Down the Road’ released in 2002. After his fifth solo release Stradlin was approached by his former Guns N’ Roses band mates to join a new super group named Velvet Revolver. Stradlin assisted with some initial song writing, but ultimately did not want to work with a lead singer, instead suggesting that he and Stradlin could share vocal duties. It was as if Stradlin could see into the future. Regardless, he did share the stage for a few shows with Scott Weiland and Velvet Revolver before leaving the super group life behind.

In 2005, Izzy released ‘Like a Dog’ as well as re-released his previous music through iTunes. In May 2006, thirteen years after his last performance with Guns N’ Roses, Stradlin made a guest appearance with the new Guns, ending up playing 13 shows during the band’s summer European tour that year. In 2007, his seventh album, ‘Miami’ was released through iTunes and in 2008 released an iTunes-only albums titled ‘Fire, the Acoustic Album’ and ‘Concrete.’ McKagan also played on some of the tracks and continued to play on the 2009 ‘Smoke’ and ‘Wave of Heat’ which followed in 2010. In 2010 Stradlin also appeared as a guest guitarist on his former band mate Slash’s first solo album.

In 2012 Stradlin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He did not attend, but did join the new Guns on stage a month later, performing songs that had not been performed live since his departure in 1991. Also, in 2012 Stradlin released the iTunes-only single and video for “Baby-Rann.” The video is gritty, with a classic Stradlin guitar slide, sunglasses, and a kick-ass hat. Over the years Izzy has straddled (pun intended) the line between punk and blues; “Baby-Rann” is that perfect blend, a straight up rocker with Stradlin’s “fuck you” uncompromising sound. While enjoying the groovy guitar solo at 1:35 my mind wanders…did Joey Huffman (on organ) forget his sunglasses? “My baby ran away to Vietnam…” No frills. No filler. Just ROCK and ROLL!

Izzy Stradlin is a true punk rocker at heart. It hasn’t always been glamorous for Stradlin; however, leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1991 at their height, and instead lead an under-the-radar no bullshit solo career is about as punk as it gets…

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Milwaukee Brewers Should Trade for David Price


It’s that time of the year, pending free agents in the headlines and talk of which teams are buyers or sellers; the trade deadline is approaching!

One of this year’s coveted assets is 2012 Cy Young Award winning pitcher, David Price.

What will it take for Tampa Bay to deal Price? Probably too much from a team like Milwaukee, but its fun to hope and hey, you never know, this is the same team (and ownership) that got CC Sabathia when many other teams were in pursuit.

For today let’s forget about what it would take; instead, here are four reasons the Brewers should consider trading for David Price.

Essentially, adding Price to the rotation removes home run king Marco Estrada and keeps Jimmy Nelson waiting in the weeds which appears to be the Brewers’ preference on dealing with Nelson this season. The starting rotation becomes Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta and David Price with Estrada providing depth in case of injury.

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Day Drinking


This week’s videos give us a classic bar scene and the possible return of the movie Cobra.

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBarr has released a video for the song “No Strings” which will appear on his new solo album ‘One For The Road.’ The video begins with a bar scene during the day with LaBarr sitting at the bar. LaBarr is smoking so much I feel like I’m watching an episode of Mad Men. A girl is in the background (because blondes ALWAYS hang out alone at bars during the day). They hit it off (based on love of day drinking alone) and then we fast forward to a pool table setting where LaBarr is putting the “let me show you how to shoot that shot” move and is rejected. Next: FIGHT and the middle finger – she is really pissed! “You bastard, how dare you tell me how to shoot a bank shot!” Not sure how far into the future we jump, but now a ring is dramatically tossed onto the pool table followed by a pool hall guitar solo to clear his head. He moves on quickly, hitting on the bartender in minutes. They leave to find another bar – there is still plenty of day drinking to be had…

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NFL Futures Pick: 2015 Super Bowl Lines

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There are a lot of reasons to bet the NFL, but betting futures is most fun. Did you know you can already bet on next year’s Super Bowl line and over/under? This type of bet is why betting is one of the greatest forms of entertainment.


(AFC +130 / NFC -145)

Today you have to bet $14 to win $10 if you think the NFC is going to win the Super Bowl and only $10 to win $13 if you pick the AFC today. This is a classic value bet that is skewed due to last year’s blowout. Let’s look at some history around the big game.

In the last ten Super Bowls, the AFC and NFC have split 5-5. Winners for NFC Seattle, New York Giants (twice), Green Bay and New Orleans and for the AFC Baltimore, Pittsburgh (twice), Indianapolis and New England.

Six of ten have been decided by 4 points or less, in other words, close games. Prior to the season this game should be a “pick” line, but again has been skewed by last year’s match. This is a good time to jump on the 50/50 rule where one side is giving a higher value and paying 30% over your initial bet. NOTE: Most books are showing over 90 percent feel the same way so lock this one in early.

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10 Reasons We Need Axl Rose Now More than Ever

Axl Rose has never really left, but his presence has diminished since the nineties. Even during the build up of 40 years (it felt like that long) for ‘Chinese Democracy’ Rose kept himself in the news by firing ex-members, getting into fights (mostly legal) and of course, pushing out release dates. Recently though he has fallen further into the shadows. However now his new version of Guns N’ Roses has a 3D movie out titled ‘Appetite For Democracy.’ Check it out and remember the reasons we liked having Axl Rose in our lives. Here are ten other reasons we need Axl Rose.

The above is an incredible video of a slightly crazed Nicholas Cage–ok, totally crazed–presenting the Golden God Lifetime Achievement award. Cage call Axl a true hero, an inspirational force. This is some good entertainment. I mean the dude could sing and created some legendary music — but a true hero? Ok, yes, he’s a true hero.

10. We Adore Train Wrecks

At the Guns N’ Roses height of fame (mid nineties) Axl was to say the least, unstable. Mental instability included rumors of a traveling psychiatrist that had to coax Rose onto the stage each night. Another fun (maybe not fun) fact is that Rose had alleged panic attacks while writing the lyrics to “Coma.”

9. Riots

How many people go to a One Republic concert asking the question “Do you think there will be a riot tonight?”

8. More Rock Music Please

When Guns N’ Roses ruled the world their music was equal to a shot heroin to the groin (in a good way). Now, there’s Nickelback, making you want to punch yourself in the groin (not good).

7. Chinese Democracy Sequel

As long as Rose is alive rumors of more music will swirl.


Axl pulled some serious models, like Stephanie Seymour, back in the day. I’m sure he still does.

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10 Potential Problems for Motley Crue on their Final Tour

That’s right, Motley Crue (Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars) are embarking on their final tour and if you are familiar with this band then you know a reunion is not likely. Between the fighting, the contract status (Vince Neil is basically an employee of Motley Crue) and founder Nikki Sixx’s wish to go out on top, this may very well be the end. So, after all the overdoses, threesomes and fighting what could possibly derail the final tour? Here are ten possibilities.


10. Tommy Lee’s Falls Out of Revolving Drum Set

Tommy Lee has been known to play on a drum set that revolves 360% and sometimes travels over the audience. It’s a heck of a scene and truly Tommy Lee is not known for understatement.  Tommy Lee could easily fall out of this drum set and injure himself, taking several members of the audience with him.  In addition to the potential lawsuits, Crue would be without a drummer.

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2014 NFL Futures Receiving: Odds and Free Picks


Receiving yards as a futures bet is difficult because of many variables such as the team, quarterback and drug suspensions. Last year is a good start, but you also need to find value. In my opinion there is rarely one “favorite” to win so picking a receiver with 5-1 or less odds isn’t getting the value you deserve for your pick. Let’s take a look at this year’s odds for receiving yards and bet $100 across a few “value” bets to maximize winnings and most importantly, fun.



Just kidding, right now Gordon is off the board due to a pending drug suspension. He was last year’s leader so I’m sure someone will try to place a bet on him. This is the same person that will select Bret Favre in their fantasy draft just in case he decides to play again.

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Who doesn’t love Megatron? Last year he finished second and is the current favorite. All it takes is a couple missed games and this “safe” pick becomes silly. No value.

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If you are a Peyton Manning believer I don’t blame you for putting down a few bucks on Thomas. Personally, I don’t think he’s got another MVP season and that’s what Thomas would need in order to get first place receiving yardage.

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Do you root for The Joker when you watch Batman? Despite the “favorite” odds this is your guy.

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