Art Tavana has posted a new LA Weekly interview with Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Melissa Reese, and how she has become a rock icon since joining the band last year.
In the article, Reese discusses her pre-show ritual that helps her get energized for a performance. She’ll eat a box of See’s candy and drink a Diet Coke, but unfortunately for Reese, the sugar high had bad consequence at a show in New Jersey last summer. In Jersey, she puked.
“I didn’t know what to do! I swallowed it because I didn’t want it all over my rig.” The crew gave her a blue bucket matching her long blue hair, which has become GNR cosplay. In Mexico, black-market vendors outside shows hawked blue wigs. “Little girls waited in hotel lobbies to tell me that they played piano because of me, which warmed my heart.” Reese’s GNR bandmates call her Blue.
Reese said she only had two weeks to rehearse for GNR’s 2016 tour, spending 15 hours a day studying GNR’s most important instrument: “I studied Axl [Rose]’s phrasing like a hawk.”
Reese said she is looking to compliment GNR’s sound, and isn’t seeking to get in the way of anything.
“I don’t want to get in the way of these songs,” she says. “On the keys, I add sonic layers to thicken our sound, without sticking out like a sore thumb. Anything from synths [to] organic patches and samples.”