Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus discussed new GNR music in a recent KSHE interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“We are messing with ideas every day. Every day we do at least an hour soundcheck, and we’ll play through different ideas, like new ideas, put stuff down on tape. It’s really organic. Same in rehearsals, we were always putting down different ideas, putting stuff together.”
He was also asked about if money is the reason that Axl Rose reunited with Slash and Duff McKagan.
“No. Axl has been going on on time for years before that. It’s been great. Is that the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I’ve never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I’ve known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago.”
He was asked if Slash’s expensive divorce was a motivating factor for him.
“I don’t know, honestly, I don’t think that was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars seemed to align because we didn’t have a bass player, we didn’t have a guitar player. That’s how it sort of happened.”
“Slash had been trying to get a hold of him for awhile. They sat down, Axl was like okay, let’s just talk it through. They sat down privately, went through their laundry list of issues, and were able to put it behind them, and here we are.”
“We communicate all the time. Between Slash, Duff, Axl, and myself, every night there are texts going back and forth when we are back in our hotel rooms. We hang out, we all travel together on the same plane.”