Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus celebrated his 49th birthday this week, and he celebrated the occasion with his Guns N’ Roses bandmates. See the photos below, along with captions from Richard Fortus.
“Thanks so much to my good friends Matthias Prill and his wife Thais, her sister Vania for such an amazing night. Truly a birthday celebration I will never forget! Thanks to www.AdmiralsPlace.com / www.mptourmanagement.com / www.salgastronomia.com.br.”
“This is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. That’s why we decided to do an early birthday dinner here. One of the greatest meals of my life and an incredibly memorable night. Henrique is a legend.”
This is a photo of Axl Rose taken this week as well wearing an awesome robe!
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba was recently interviewed by Ireland’s Overdrive and discussed Guns N’ Roses.
Overdrive: Looking back over the past few years with your commitment to Guns N’ Roses and Nikki’s [Sixx] with Motley Crue, it must have been very stressful to commit to Sixx:A.M. amidst the demands of touring and promo stuff, to mention your own personal life. Did it feel like a tremendous weight had been lifted off your shoulders when you finally departed from Guns N’ Roses?
Ashba: It really does feel like a humongous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, for sure. That was as huge responsibility for me being in Guns N’ Roses, and, to be honest, I didn’t really know just how big that weight was going to be. I learned a lot from my time with GNR and am very grateful for it all. I experienced something for six whole years that money can’t buy and I was able to take away a huge amount of self-growth and an insight into the workings of a huge band like that. I didn’t for one moment, anticipate that along with such a great gig, was going to be so much criticism, as well as a lot of praising and a lot of everything! The whole experience really made me grow thick skin real quick [laughs] and be aware of my surroundings. Looking back on that whole experience, I took away so much, to which I apply to my everyday life, as well as my role in Sixx:A.M. I feel that it’s overall made me a better business person and I’m very grateful for it.
Overdrive: In keeping with Guns N’ Roses, have you seen any of the “reunited” live shows recently?
Ashba: No, I have not. I would love to see that show. I could not be happy for them that Slash and Duff [McKagan] are back with Axl [Rose]. I would actually love to see the whole original lineup back on stage together and that’s the fanboy in me talking. [Laughs] But as the band they are now, I guess we’ll take what we can get for now. I’m extremely happy about the fact that those guys have sorted out their differences and can give the fans a chance to witness that chemistry that we all know so well from the early days.
Overdrive: If you got the call to jump back into Guns N’ Roses, or even to fill in for Izzy [Stradlin] for a couple of shows, would you do it?
Ashba: To be honest, I think they are doing great without me, and really, I don’t see myself going back to Guns N’ Roses ever again. Those days are over for me. I’m having a blast doing what I’m doing with Sixx:A.M. and couldn’t be happier with the way things have panned out for me. My heart is totally committed to all things Sixx:A.M. right now and I’m very excited about the prospect of touring and writing more music with Nikki and James [Michael].