FIB MUSIC: In
Grey's interview, he said that the
reason Izzy left was because you had beat him up. What happened?
Nadir: Let's get this straight, Mr. L Grey never really liked Izzy OK! The reason
being, Izzy would come up with tunes and ideas. Izzy was a rhythm guitar player, as far as Mr. Grey was concerned. I believe
that Mr.Grey did not want anyone to write the tunes.
He wanted all the credits for songwriting, which is fine, if you are the only one with all the song ideas in the
band. He was very insecure about this or maybe just greedy. On our BMI Publishing split, we had to re-negotiate
the percentage split between Brian West, Mr. Grey and myself. Brian and I contributed a lot and we wanted a
fair split. We did not get the split we wanted, but we took what we could. We wanted to keep things cool. That
is the way it was as far as I recall. We made things happen as a band and for him to have that attitude is not
unusual. We thought we were a team, sad but true, it eventually came to an end.
The Izzy fight well! The story is that I had a girlfriend, her name was Valerie Kendall, she was amazingly HOT!
I met her in Hollywood, it was small circle of Hot! Girls in Hollywood. She hit on me and we had a bit of
chemistry, so we started hanging together daily and staying at her house at West View Towers. She was in the
middle of a nasty divorce from none other than Alex Van Halen....drummer of you know the band, Van Halen. I was
banging this girl, we were steady so I thought. One summer day I woke up and found a little leak in my plumbing.
I was very surprised by this, cause I was only doing Valerie. I confronted her and eventually after drilling her
for a while, she did admit banging Izzy and that's were the origin of the leak came from. I called Tracii Guns at
his mom's house and asked him if Izzy was there, he said yes! Izzy would sleep on his couch every so often. I went
there, confronted him, asked him if he was banging Valerie, he denied it in my face. At that point, I was very upset
since she had told me that he did bang her. Basically I think that I was mostly upset about the lovely gift he had
transferred to the both of us. So! Without any notice, within a split second, I punched him in the face, once.... I wanted
more, but! He did not want any part of it. He was scared and I don't blame him, I would have been to, if I did that to
my bandmate. In those days, I was very volatile for some reason and I was notorious for my temper. I did not take
shit from anyone. I warned him to stay away from her or else. I left Traci's house back to the rehearsal room
as nothing happened I had a drink of vodka and smoked a joint.
So that's it. So I guess I was part of the departure of Mr. Stradlin. By the way, I eventually found out that she
was a heroin junky and was banging many guys, including Jeff Beck among some.
In LONDON we explained the rules clearly to all and one of them was that WE! did not bang each other's girls.
Whores, girlfriend's, slut's, groupies, any of them. Your meat was yours only, no sharing or proprietary control of
all pussy. The reason was that this would avoid any conflict between the band and that way we would all have no
conflicts over an important factor. Can you believe how our minds worked, the analogy. Funny stuff.
Nadir D'Priest 1987
@ The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood