• I grew up in a really bad situation; my father left when I was young - you know, an abusive situation. So the minute I put my fingers on a guitar and closed my eyes and just played, it literally was like a drug. It took me into a totally different world, and I just pulled from emotions and experiences that I was going through.

    "Guns N' Roses DJ Ashba: On Overcoming Obstacles with a Guitar". Interview with Robert Piper, January 27, 2015.
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