Richard Fortus Explains Whether Axl Rose Joins Guns N’ Roses Rehearsals

In an interview with Tone Talk, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus talked about how the band members usually get ready for the live shows and clarified if Axl Rose participates in any of their rehearsals.

As you may know, the talented guitarist Richard Fortus joined Guns N’ Roses early in 2002 after guitarist Paul Tobias left the band. Fortus recorded the guitar parts of the band’s sixth studio album ‘Chinese Democracy,’ which was released back in 2008. The iconic frontman Axl Rose also praised Richard’s work previously in the interviews he appeared.

Here is what Axl Rose previously stated about Richard Fortus:

“He’s an amazing lead player and very technically skilled. He really likes the pocket that Brain sets and the two of them click with Tommy so we finally have the real deal rhythm section, as Richard is a proven professional. Basically, Richard’s the guy that we always were looking for.”

During a recent interview with Tone Talk, Richard Fortus answered questions about Guns N’ Roses members’ methods to prepare for their live performances. He mentioned that since they usually don’t have a certain setlist, they do a lot of rehearsals so that they can be ready to play each of their songs.

When he was asked whether Rose joins the rehearsals with the rest of the band, Fortus stated that Axl is not there with them all the time. Richard also mentioned that the iconic guitarist Slash loves to play and do rehearsals a lot. He said that Slash’s way of rehearsing is actually good for him too since doing a lot of rehearsals makes him not think about the songs on stage.

Here is what Richard Fortus said about Axl Rose’s involvement in the band’s rehearsals:

“Not always. Most of the time it is just us going over the songs. Slash just loves to play, which I’m totally cool with. It’s great to rehearse so much that you don’t have to think on stage, and I think he does that since always.

And I totally concur with that, I don’t want to think about what’s coming up next, you just want it to flow, to be in a moment and not to think about anything.”

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