Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Shares The Feature That Made Slash And Jimi Hendrix Legends
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus recently talked about the band’s 2020 tour and his bandmates. In the interview he gave to Guitar World, he praised Slash and resembled him to Jimi Hendrix for always coming up with unique solos in each performance.
Formed in 1986, Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup consisted of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler. Throughout the years, the band went through a few lineup changes where Axl Rose remained the only original member. Even the iconic guitarist Slash quit the band a few times and focused on his solo career, only to return in 2015 for their appearance in Coachella 2016.
The band recently embarked on a tour with the lineup of Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed, and Melissa Reese. They started actively touring together after 2015, and Richard Fortus, who joined the band in 2002, caught remarkable sync with Slash, which is apparent in their performances.
Fortus is thrilled to be playing with a guitarist like Slash on stage. When they were doing a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here,’ he stated that Slash would play it differently each time. Resembling the guitarist to Jimi Hendrix, he called them legends for using such a technique as Hendrix would also not play the same solo each time and always change it, making every performance as unique as possible.
Here are Fortus’ words about Slash and Hendrix:
“It was so much fun because Slash was playing completely different every time. He doesn’t repeat himself. That’s why he is a legend. As a guitar player, you tend to fall into your ruts – you know what works for your solos and how to build them when you play them every night. But Slash doesn’t do that, in the same way, Hendrix never did. You’d listen to four different bootlegs from the same tour, and they’d all be completely different. But Slash always plays Slash. He’s doing his thing.
That’s what a legend is, and I love that. Slash walks out to play a solo in front of a stadium full of people, and he has no idea what he’s going to do. He’s just so in the moment, he starts playing, and what comes out comes out. It’s absolutely amazing to bear witness to. I get to watch that every night.”
Here is how they push each other to do something different all the time:
“And some nights I’m like, ‘God damn, how does he do this?’ It’s so inspiring. When we have that moment of back and forth during that song, it’s great. We push each other to do something different – or at least he pushes me – to not fall into a rut and keep evolving and stretching out. That was always a great moment in the set.”
You can watch the two guitarists playing ‘Wish You Were Here’ together below.