Guns N’ Roses Guitarist On Being Freaked Out About Axl Rose’s Offer

In a recent interview with KSHE 95, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus opened up about his initial feelings upon receiving an offer to join the band. Despite having already played with notable artists at the time, Fortus revealed that he was not as intimidated as one might expect when the opportunity to join GNR arose.

Richard Fortus joined Guns N’ Roses in 2002 after guitarist Paul Tobias left the band due to the stress associated with touring. At the time, the musician was touring Europe with Enrique Iglesias. Following a call from his friend, Tommy Stinson, Fortus auditioned for the band and officially became a member in July 2002. Since then, he has contributed both rhythm and occasional lead guitar for the band and has been an integral part of every tour since then.

During the interview, Fortus shared that he was not particularly freaked out about the offer from Axl Rose. While he had not yet played with Rihanna yet, he had already gained experience touring with other big names and bands, such as the Psychedelic Furs and Love Spit Love.

Identifying himself as a punk rock kid, Richard expressed excitement about playing with some of his heroes, including Tommy Stinson and Robin Finck from Nine Inch Nails. He acknowledged the massive success of Guns N’ Roses but emphasized that he was not a metal guy and simply appreciated the music that he had heard from the band.

When asked whether he was freaked out when Axl invited him to Guns N’ Roses, Fortus replied:

“I hadn’t played with Rihanna yet. I was on tour with Enrique Iglesias. I’d been in The Psychedelic Furs and Love Spit Love, and I’d done other big tours. I wasn’t that freaked out. I was a punk rock kid, so I was excited to play with some of my heroes. Tommy Stinson was in the band at that time, and Robin Finck from Nine Inch Nails. I was pretty psyched about that. I knew they were a massive band, and I liked the stuff that I heard, but I wasn’t a metal guy.”

Despite what one might think, Richard Fortus was actually excited rather than stressed about the offer that came from Guns N’ Roses. He looked forward to playing with some of his heroes,’ and it seems clear that both he and the band are pretty happy with their decision.