Monday, November 30, 2015

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus about Axl Rose: "We get along really well"

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus was recently interviewed by Social Magazine, you can read some excerpts below.

He said: "Guns N’ Roses will probably be doing something next year."

About the great relationship with Axl Rose, Fortus said: "We get along really well. We come from a very similar place as far as our influences. We definitely relate on that level, and I think essentially with Axl, ultimately that’s all that really matters, the music. If we relate on that point, then everything else sort of falls into place."

He said he was surprised when he was asked to join Guns N’ Roses in 2001: "To be honest with you, it sort of wasn’t my thing. I wasn’t into metal as a kid, I was sort of a punk rock kid, and all of the bands I was in were all very different, they weren’t metal. So when I first got that call, I thought it was unusual, but it sort of made sense because of the people who were in that band at the time. Robin from Nine Inch Nails, Tommy from The Replacements, Brain from Primus, those were all guys that I knew, the same type of genre I was in, so it sort of made sense. Axl really wanted that, a diverse type of thing, he didn’t just want guys who were LA metal guys. GNR always had roots in punk rock as well."

About his longevity in Guns N' Roses: "I never really thought about it, and I’ve always done other things as well. I have to work, I have to do stuff, otherwise I get really depressed, if I’m not working, so I’ve always done other things, and it always keeps it sort of fresh, when you can step outside something and then come back to it. You have a new sense of appreciation for it, and a new perspective to add to it."

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