In a wide-ranging interview seen in the video below, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus shares his long history with Gretsch guitars and discusses his involvement in the band’s current “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour.
Fortus, who joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 2001 and became the band’s longest-serving post-Slash guitarist, says: “I’ve been playing with GUNS N’ ROSES for, like, what, fifteen years now, and it’s been an incredible experience. And the work ethic that these guys have is amazing. And I think I’ve rehearsed more in this last year with that band than I have in the previous fourteen years put together. It’s been really intense and very focused and a great learning experience as well as a great honor to play with those guys.”
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash, Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.