Nuno Bettencourt’s ‘Attack’ On Slash Ignites A Feud With Guns N’ Roses Guitarist

A few days ago, Nuno Bettencourt made remarks about Slash’s ability to play Rihanna’s songs, saying that he would ‘struggle’ with them. This comment appears to have sparked a conflict between Bettencourt and Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Richard Fortus on Instagram, possibly leading to a feud.

Fortus recently shared a news headline quoting Bettencourt’s words about Slash. In the caption, he wrote:

“I have to respectfully disagree. Nuno Bettencourt is one of the greats, for sure. However, there is very little Slash couldn’t do on guitar (if he wanted to). I toured with Rihanna prior to Nuno, and I’ve spent a lot of time playing with Slash. This gig wouldn’t be a struggle for him.”

With that, the Extreme guitarist reshared his post and said:

“Welp… I knew this was eventually coming. You can’t be blessed and be on multiple guitar magazine covers at a shocking 56 years old; get this much attention for your playing and new album as a rock guitarist without another guitarist stirring up some shit.”

Explaining why he chose to answer the GN’R member’s words, Bettencourt went on:

“I’m responding to this not cause I give a shit about what this guitarist thinks about me but, instead, because I’d hate to think my few words offended a hero of mine, Slash, and possibly fuck up my relationship with him.”

Then, he criticized the guitarist by writing:

“Fortus, I’ve ‘respectively’ never heard you play one note in my 56 years of being alive and only know your name from the Rihanna camp and as a replacement player in Guns. I’m sure you’re a decent player, but did you really need to repost a headline that made me look like I am badmouthing a fellow player, Slash?”

The former Rihanna guitarist also revealed what he thought of Slash:

“As if I’d ever think Slash isn’t capable of playing any Rihanna song in his sleep. Let’s get something fucking straight. To me, Slash is one of the greatest rock guitarists of my generation and of all time. Period.”

Sharing what he meant during his interview with Planet Rock, he added:

“And Fortus, if you knew me at all and where my heart is, you’d know that what I meant in this statement was not about Slash or his capability; it was about Rock guitarists like myself or Slash switching genres and the awkwardness of playing these feels.”

Bettencourt went on to say:

“No shit, Slash can play these songs; thank you so much for pointing that out as if we didn’t already know that. But for me, as a predominantly rock guitarist, I’m obviously not as talented as you and found it a challenge to nail all the different pockets and guitar tones of genres like Reggae, R&B, Electronic Dance, Trap, and pop.”

Referring back to Fortus’ recent statement, he wrote:

“As far as you shining a light on my ridiculous statement that Slash would ‘struggle,’ yes, a poor word choice on my part; I personally would hope that Slash, who is a peer and influence, would be more mature enough to understand what I truly meant as a guitarist by that comment.”

The guitarist apologized by adding:

“In mentioning Slash as an iconic Rock example, I meant, in general, a rock guitarist would find it not a struggle but feel like a fish out of water as a player. That’s all I meant. I’ve had nothing but respect and admiration for Guns N’ Roses and Slash. Apologies if I’ve unintentionally offended anyone.”

Following Bettencourt’s post, fans shared their thoughts on the rising tension between the guitarists. Some fans sided with the guitarist, claiming that they knew what he meant. Others criticized him for this statements about Fortus, with one user commenting:

“Fortus was only sticking up for his bandmate. The response seems a bit over the top. You’re all fantastic players and bring the goods to whatever you do.”

You can check out Richard Fortus and Nuno Bettencourt’s posts here and here.