Guns N’ Roses Member Says Band Had Less Work Ethic Before Slash’s Return


Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus discussed playing with Slash in a new video. Alternative Nation transcribed the following quotes.

“I’ve been playing with Guns N’ Roses for 15 years now, and it’s been an incredible experience. The work ethic that these guys have is amazing. I’ve rehearsed more in this last year with that band than I have in the previous 14 years put together (laughs). It’s been really intense, and very focused, and a great learning experience, as well as a great honor to play with those guys.”

He later said, “I remember seeing Billy Zoom from X when I was a kid, and just being absolutely floored by how heavy his guitars were, yet how clear and well defined. Same with Billy Duffy [from The Cult], he always had such a great rhythm sound, it sounded so big and full, and present, with incredible note definition, that’s what I find really appealing about [the Gretsch White Falcon guitar]. It works perfectly for me, especially in the Guns N’ Roses scenario, where I’m using sort of a lower gain amp. Slash has more of a higher gain amp, and he’s playing Les Pauls, and this seems to really balance that nicely. It adds a lot of low end and top end, there’s a lot of brightness and chime to the guitar, and definition, yet still really heavy.”