Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash.The rocker was hospitalized after a frightening accident on September 17, which left him with injuries including broken bones, a lacerated liver and concussion.The 48-year old is expected to make a full recovery, but he has pulled out of an upcoming tour with his other band The Dead Daisies.Fortus says in a statement, “On September 17, 2015, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. As a result, I broke my shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, I have a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion. Amazingly, my doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery. I have never missed a show in my entire career, and, unfortunately, I will have to miss the entire Australian and New Zealand leg of this tour.”I am devastated that I will not be able to play… (But) I am healing quickly and getting stronger by the day.”
Richard Fortus discusses Guns N’ Roses future, playing with Izzy Stradlin, The Dead Daisies RevoluciÃ³n and more! | Legendary Rock Interviews
There is a saying in the music industry, â€œHave Guitar, Will Travel!â€ Elvisâ€™ guitarist Scotty Moore recorded an instrumental of that name in 1958 and Bo Diddley titled an album by that name in 1960. The saying definitely fits Guns Nâ€™ Roses and The Dead Daisies guitarist Richard Fortus. His resume of session work and bands is a rather vast & impressive list, from Love Spit Love, Puff Daddy, The Psychedelic Furs, â€˜N Sync, Ben Folds, The Crystal Method up through his tenure with Guns Nâ€™ Roses & The Dead Daisies.There is no doubting Richard Fortusâ€™ talent. I discovered through our seventy-five minute long conversation that not only is he insanely talented but he is also a very funny, down-to-earth and humble person. Traits that have no doubt helped him enjoy the career he has had. I found our conversation to be very informative and even learned a thing or two that wasnâ€™t known until now. Richard will take readers on a very in-depth journey through the writing and recording of The Dead Daisies new album, â€œRevoluciÃ³nâ€, due in stores on July 31st.
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GUNS N’ ROSES and THE DEAD DAISIES guitarist Richard Fortus was interviewed by Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
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THE COMPULSIONS, the critically acclaimed New York City rock ‘n’ roll band founded by Rob Carlyle that also features GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus and former HANOI ROCKS/NEW YORK DOLLS bassist Sami Yaffa, will release its second album, “Dirty Fun”, on April 14 via Compulsions Records. The group will perform a record-release show on Friday, March 27 at Mercury Lounge in New York City. Expect more U.S. dates to be announced soon.
After multiple EPs, and countless shows under their collective belt, THE COMPULSIONS released its full-length debut, “Beat The Devil”, in 2011.
“When I was a kid, music wasn’t something you’d multitask to,” attests Carlyle. “When you heard a song like ‘Black Dog’ for the first time, you’d drop everything you were doing and just listen to it. But a lot of today’s music seems like sonic wallpaper. There’s nothing intrusive or memorable about it, and most of it sounds really polite. We’re definitely not going for that.”
“Lucky”, the first single off “Dirty Fun”, is layered with roots-y guitar interplay, honky-tonk piano and a soaring horn section, and is a fitting introduction to the album’s ragged glory.
“A lot of our early songs were about being down and out,” says Carlyle. “This time around, I wanted to write something more positive. THE ROLLING STONES have ‘Happy’, so I guess ‘Lucky’ is THE COMPULSIONS’ feel-good song.”
Other highlights on “Dirty Fun” include “House Of Rock”, which paints a vivid picture of the seedy musical underworld that inspired the album, while opener “Hellbound Babies”, punctuated by unholy harmonica, blazing guitars and a chorus of soul sisters, spawned the album title. “Sonically, that song’s got everything on it but the kitchen sink,” Carlyle smiles. “The lyrics are about a band that refuses to quit, even though they’re going broke.”
THE COMPULSIONS pay homage to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest and most iconic heroes with a cover of Little Richard’s 1956 classic “Long Tall Sally”. But this ain’t no typical bar band version. Carlyle & Co. update “Sally” with a raunchier edge of their own and a whopping kick up the ass that lands the tune squarely in the 21st century.
“Dirty Fun” track listing:
01. Hellbound Babies
02. Silly Little Woman
03. Evil Bastards
05. House Of Rock
06. Long Tall Sally
07. The Feel
08. I Still Got The Hots For You, Baby
09. Stay Eazy
10. Buzz Awhile
Richard Fortus of The Dead Daisies is also the current guitarist for Guns N’ Roses and has done time with The Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy and Rihannaâ€™s band.
The Australian supergroup The Dead Daisies also features Jon Stevens (Noiseworks), David Lowy (Mink), Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake).
In 2014 The Dead Daisies toured the USA with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd and then again with Kiss and Def Leppard. In October 2014 they joined Kiss on the Kiss Kruise in the Bahamas and then travelled to New Zealand for the 30: 30 Hindsight tour with Jimmy Barnes.
The Dead Daisies also hit the studio to record the The Face I Love EP and released the Angel In Your Eyes single to coincide with their Australian tour in November and December.
Richard Fortus took time out of his schedule with The Dead Daisies to talk to Paul Cashmere at Noise11.com.
Watch the video on Noise11.com: Richard Fortus, The Dead Daisies