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Guitarist Says 2016 Will Be ‘Big Year’ For Guns N’ Roses

Richard Fortus, the only guitarist who is officially still in Guns N’ Roses, discussed the status of the band during a recent interview with KSHE 95. He was not asked about Slash and Axl Rose reconciling, so the interview may have been conducted before the news came out. Alternative Nation has transcribed Fortus’ Guns N’ Roses discussion with the DJ.

DJ: Now, I would normally not ask you about Guns N’ Roses at all, because it is just old news, but man, are you the only guitar player left in the band now?

Richard Fortus: (Laughs) I’m the last man standing.

DJ: I’m telling you, you are! I know you are.

Richard: No, there’s a lot going on with that whole thing right now. It is looking like next year is going to be the big year for Guns N’ Roses.

DJ: Well, I’ve been hearing that, I’ve been hearing new record, but man, we hear that all the time about them. We hear that all the time about Van Halen, and it never happens.

Richard: I can’t really speak about Van Halen. (Laughs) But I think they should get Gary Cherone back.

DJ: Oh stop, stop, don’t get off the subject. Tell me now, you are the only Guns N’ Roses guitarist left right now.

Richard: (Stutters) Man, I can’t divulge information like that.

DJ: Alright, well let’s put it this way. To the mass audience out there, all we know of right now, is that you are the only guitar player left, because it’s been out.

Richard: As far as you know, that’s right (laughs).

Richard then sarcastically said that he wants to play in St. Louis next year with Guns N’ Roses, and hopes that all will be forgiven for the riot.

Slash stated in a recent interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

Guns N’ Roses’ First Rumored Reunion Show

James Young, the owner of Melbourne’s rock and roll Cherry Bar, revealed a major Guns N’ Roses rumor last Friday (August 21st), the day before Slash revealed that he had reconciled with Axl Rose. Young told Triple M Radio, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave next year. Now we know that a mystery band has come in and saved the festival, and now owns it, so they they are going to have a big say. So what mega band could it be? Well I have heard ‘fantasized’ on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses lineup, can you believe it? It’s incredible, I’ve had sleepless nights fantasizing about it.”

While this is obviously just a rumor that Soundwave is courting Guns N’ Roses, the timing is interesting since the radio show aired the day before Slash’s interview about Axl Rose came out. Check out our Top 10 Reasons Guns N Roses Will Reunite article from yesterday, which has additional news on why GNR are destined to reunite.

10 Reasons Guns N’ Roses Will Reunite

With news recently breaking that Axl Rose and Slash are friends again, Alternative Nation decided to do some detective work (with some help from a GNRTruth forum topic) and find signs and hints pointing towards a reunion of Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup. Below are the Top 10 reasons that the original Guns N’ Roses could reunite! Steven Adler quotes have been excluded as there are enough for their own article.

10. Slash said ‘Never say never’ in May, and hinted at reconciliation with Axl

The former GNR guitarist sounded optimistic in a May 2015 interview on CBS, admitting a reunion “might be fun” and claiming he’s on better terms with Axl Rose. “You know, never say never.”

9. Slash wished Axl happy birthday in February

Slash wished Axl Rose happy birthday in February on Twitter.

8. GNR road manager wished Slash happy birthday last month

Guns N’ Roses road manager, and longtime Axl Rose confidante, Del James wished Slash happy birthday last month.

7. GNR road manager posted a photo with Slash in January

A photo was also posted of Del James with Slash in the background from an old Guns N’ Roses tour back in January.

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6. There was a rumor in January hinting at a major Guns N’ Roses development

While this was obviously just a rumor, Jim posted on GNRTruth on January 2, 2015 that a major development had happened in Guns N’ Roses. “There are currently negotiations going on for the past several weeks that could prove very interesting if all goes well…Been a cold winter gtrunk, and hell did freeze over.”

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5. DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot have left Guns N’ Roses

Guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal left Guns N Roses this year, and while a followup to Chinese Democracy has long been in the works, there isn’t currently a full live GNR lineup.

4. Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin have been recording together

Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin reunited to record “How To Be A Man” early this year. “We were talking on the phone, and [Stradlin] said, ‘Let’s go record a song,” McKagan recalled earlier this year. Asked whether they’d be up for more music, he was positive yet noncommittal, saying, “We’ll probably do it some more. We’re gonna maybe record some more. But we just enjoy making music together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re allowed to do that.” The pair were reported to be in the studio earlier this month, and in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, McKagan made it clear he’d be content to continue working with Stradlin indefinitely.

“I really trust whatever he does. If he says, ‘I’ve got a part,’ I know he’s got a part. It’s not like, ‘Let me hear it.’ It’s like, ‘He’s got the part. Good – that’s taken care of,’” he explained. “I’d like to do more music with him. For the rest of my life.”

3. Axl thanked past Guns N’ Roses lineups at Golden Gods Awards

Axl Rose thanked past Guns N’ Roses lineups when accepting an award last year in Los Angeles.

2. Axl and Duff toured together last year

Duff McKagan joined Guns N’ Roses for a South American tour last year. McKagan discussed reuniting with Rose during an interview on Talk is Jericho earlier this year. “After playing with Axl last spring and those guys, I just missed playing with him, I’ve got to be honest. I’m like dude, we should have been doing this for the – so much time has passed, of course. We talked about some things, we did, we thought we were just this gang, we weren’t going to fall into any typical rock crap, no man. We fell into every one of them man, and we were laughing about that.”

Guns N Roses Perform Live At Rock In Rio II

1. Slash said he and Axl are friends again

Slash has stated in a new interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

Watch Pearl Jam, Mad Season, GNR & Mudhoney Members’ Stooges Tribute

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Mark Arm (Mudhoney) performed songs from the catalog of punk pioneer Iggy Pop and his genre-defining band the Stooges on the Pike Place Market rooftop in Seattle yesterday for the Raw Power: A Tribute To The Stooges concert. Ticket sales benefited the Pike Place Market Foundation’s Pike Up! Capital Campaign. The Raw Power tribute drew a massive crowd, you can watch the epic show and see the setlist below!

Setlist:
Little Doll
T.V. Eye
I Got A Right
I Need Somebody
Down on the Street
Search & Destroy
Loose





Last week, KEXP posted articles spotlighting the performers for Raw Power KEXP, Below are excerpts from their short interviews with Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver).

Mike McCready:

“I first discovered Iggy and the Stooges around 1982 when I was at a party in the U District that members of Shadow, Green River, and Overlord were all at.

I was aware of Iggy because of my love of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. That party was the first time I heard the first side of Raw Power. Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound.”

Mark Arm:

“I got into The Stooges shortly after I immersed myself in punk rock. I was trying to figure out where this exciting new music came from and all roads led back to The Stooges.”

Duff McKagan:

“In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

Barrett Martin:

“I discovered the Stooges when I was a kid in the ‘70s because my aunt (the rock & roll aunt everyone should have) was playing me records by The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John, and The Stooges got mixed in there, too. I liked the rawness of The Stooges the best, although no one called it punk rock back then, it was too early for that term.”

Guns N Roses’ Axl Rose & Slash Reconciled ‘Months Ago’

Slash has stated in a new interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

A confirmed source for Guns N Roses told WRIF last month that Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, is no longer a part of the band. Thal, apparently hasn’t been a part of Guns N’ Roses in quite some time as the source says: “Bumblefoot quit last year. I don’t understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band — he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and (Las) Vegas would be his last run with the band.”

Bumblefoot joined GNR in 2006, replacing Buckethead. This news also comes in the wake of fellow band member DJ Ashba announcing that he will be leaving the band to focus on other endeavors.

Axl Rose’s Reason For Being Late: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

UPDATE: Big Rig, the DJ in question, contacted Alternative Nation and said that while the story about Axl being late because he was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is true, the fan who heard the radio show got the date, promoter and venue wrong, confusing the information on the venue with another story.

A member of the community reports that a DJ of a Tampa Bay radio station recently told a hilarious Axl Rose story. Axl has a reputation for being late to concerts, and the reason he reportedly was late for a show in the Tampa area on December 28, 1991 was that he was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The DJ was an assistant to the owner of the venue, and needless to say the owner was getting pissed. When the owner asked why Axl was being late for the thousandth time, he said: “Axl’s management said he was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and that Axl’s attention was 100% on the movie and couldn’t be bothered.”

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Rose was infamous for being late during the Use Your Illusions tour, while his bandmates were also struggling with drug addiction at the time. According to Wikipedia, The Riverport Riot was a riot which took place on July 2, 1991 at the Riverport Amphitheater (now named Hollywood Casino Amphitheater) in Maryland Heights, Missouri (near St. Louis) during a concert by the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It is also known as the “Rocket Queen Riot.”

During the band’s performance of “Rocket Queen”, the 15th song in the set (counting drum and guitar solos), lead singer Axl Rose, in the middle of the chorus, pointed out a fan who was taking still pictures of the show, saying “…Hey, take that! Take that! Now, get that guy and take that!” When security was unable to deal with the person, Rose decided to confiscate the camera himself, saying “I’ll take it, god damn it!” and then jumped into the audience and tackled the person. After taking the camera, striking members of the audience and the security team, and being pulled out of the audience by crew members, Rose grabbed his microphone and said “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, slammed his microphone on the stage and left.

The sound the microphone made sounded to some fans like a gunshot. After Rose left, lead guitarist Slash quickly told the audience, “He just smashed the microphone. We’re out of here.” This infuriated the audience, setting off a riot in which dozens of people were injured. The footage was captured by Robert John, who was documenting the entire tour for the band. Rose was charged with having incited the riot, but police were unable to arrest him until almost a year later, as the band went overseas to continue the tour. Charges were filed against Rose but a judge ruled that he did not directly incite the riot.

Rose later stated that the Guns N’ Roses security team had made four separate requests to the venue’s security staff to remove the camera, each of which were ignored, that other members of the band had reported being hit by bottles from the audience and that the venue’s security had not been very strict, allowing weapons into the arena and refusing to enforce a drinking limit. Consequently, Use Your Illusion I and II’s artwork featured a message amidst the Thank You section of the album insert: “Fuck You, St. Louis!”