GUNS N’ ROSES’ RICHARD FORTUS Has Been Doing A Lot Of Session Work While In Quarantine

This past Friday (July 10), GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist
Richard Fortus took part in a question-and-answer session
with fans on the official Instagram of Gretsch
guitars. You can now check it out below. Asked what advice he would
give to a 15-year-old guitar player, Fortus said: “Have you
ever thought about becoming a lawyer? I’m just kidding. Man, it’s a
tough time to be a musician, that’s for sure. I’m very fortunate.
But you know what? If you’re meant to be a musician, you don’t
really have a choice in the matter. So all you can do is play with
as many people as you possibly can and get yourself out there and
make music non-stop.” Richard also talked about some of the
projects he has been working on while in quarantine. He said: “I’m
working every day. I’ve been really fortunate. Unlike a lot of my
friends during COVID, they’ve not had any work, because they’re
touring musicians or they’re studio musicians that don’t have a
studio at home. I’m actually sitting in my studio, which is in my
house, and so I’m able to do sessions for different people. And
I’ve been really fortunate that I’ve had a ton of work, and I’m
busy every day doing sessions, which is awesome, ’cause I love
doing that. I love playing on other people’s stuff; I love writing
with different people. My buddy John Corabi is coming up
from Nashville in a few days, and we’re gonna work on some stuff
together.” As previously reported, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ previously
announced summer 2020 North American stadium tour has been
postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the
globe. The nearly two-month-long trek was scheduled to kick off on
July 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and run through August 26 on
Missoula, Montana. The band is now reportedly working on a new
studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since
2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature singer
Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff
McKagan
since 1993. There has been speculation about a new
album from GUNS N’ ROSES ever since three-fifths of its
original lineup reunited in 2016 for the “Not In This
Lifetime”
tour. Slash, singer Axl Rose and
bassist Duff McKagan were joined on the reunion trek by
Fortus, who hooked up with the latter-era GUNS lineup
in 2001, drummer Frank Ferrer, longtime keyboardist Dizzy
Reed
and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The tour is
now one of the highest-grossing in music history. Fortus got
his big break when his band PALE DIVINE opened for THE
PSYCHEDELIC FURS
. This led to Fortus forming the band
LOVE SPIT LOVE with PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman
Richard Butler and Ferrer. In 2000, Fortus and
Ferrer became touring members of the reformed PSYCHEDELIC
FURS
before Fortus hooked up with GUNS N’ ROSES.
Ferrer himself joined GN’R in 2006.


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2020 at 3:18pm PDT

This past Friday (July 10), GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist
Richard Fortus took part in a question-and-answer session
with fans on the official Instagram of Gretsch
guitars. You can now check it out below. Asked what advice he would
give to a 15-year-old guitar player, Fortus said: “Have you
ever thought about becoming a lawyer? I’m just kidding. Man, it’s a
tough time to be a musician, that’s for sure. I’m very fortunate.
But you know what? If you’re meant to be a musician, you don’t
really have a choice in the matter. So all you can do is play with
as many people as you possibly can and get yourself out there and
make music non-stop.” Richard also talked about some of the
projects he has been working on while in quarantine. He said: “I’m
working every day. I’ve been really fortunate. Unlike a lot of my
friends during COVID, they’ve not had any work, because they’re
touring musicians or they’re studio musicians that don’t have a
studio at home. I’m actually sitting in my studio, which is in my
house, and so I’m able to do sessions for different people. And
I’ve been really fortunate that I’ve had a ton of work, and I’m
busy every day doing sessions, which is awesome, ’cause I love
doing that. I love playing on other people’s stuff; I love writing
with different people. My buddy John Corabi is coming up
from Nashville in a few days, and we’re gonna work on some stuff
together.” As previously reported, GUNS N’ ROSES’ previously
announced summer 2020 North American stadium tour has been
postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the
globe. The nearly two-month-long trek was scheduled to kick off on
July 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and run through August 26 on
Missoula, Montana. The band is now reportedly working on a new
studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since
2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature singer
Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff
McKagan since 1993. There has been speculation about a new
album from GUNS N’ ROSES ever since three-fifths of its
original lineup reunited in 2016 for the “Not In This
Lifetime” tour. Slash, singer Axl Rose and
bassist Duff McKagan were joined on the reunion trek by
Fortus, who hooked up with the latter-era GUNS lineup
in 2001, drummer Frank Ferrer, longtime keyboardist Dizzy
Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The tour is
now one of the highest-grossing in music history. Fortus got
his big break when his band PALE DIVINE opened for THE
PSYCHEDELIC FURS. This led to Fortus forming the band
LOVE SPIT LOVE with PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman
Richard Butler and Ferrer. In 2000, Fortus and
Ferrer became touring members of the reformed PSYCHEDELIC
FURS before Fortus hooked up with GUNS N’ ROSES.
Ferrer himself joined GN’R in 2006.

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2020 at 3:18pm PDT

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