Ross Raihala of TwinCities.com recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On why someone should go see GUNS N’ ROSES when it’s entirely possible the show won’t even kick off until midnight:
Dizzy: “Fair enough. I know what it’s like. I’m not getting any younger and I know what it’s like to have kids back home. But we don’t know when we’re going to be back. This could be your only chance to see us, so just go to the damn show.”
On how GUNS N’ ROSES makes use of not one, but two keyboard players:
Dizzy: “Chris (Pitman) has been in the band for a long time now. I have a lot of respect for what he does and vice versa. We figure out who’s going to do what, you know? I think it’s important for people to look at the big picture, to put your ego aside at the door and do what’s best for the band. Chris and I both have that capability.”
On how many unheard new GUNS N’ ROSES songs are kicking around:
Dizzy: “A lot. (Dozens), easily. Hopefully, the future holds good things for all of them, but I don’t know (about a new record). I never know about that. There are some great songs and it would a shame if they don’t come out. But after the whole ‘Chinese Democracy’ thing, I don’t want to make any predictions.”
On the perception that GUNS N’ ROSES has merely become Axl Rose and his hired hands:
Dizzy: “People are going to think what they want to think. Axl wants us to be a band, so we’re a band. I love Axl. He’s a great person. He gets bashed a lot in the press, but he’s a great cat and he’s amazingly talented. And he’s really funny, that’s something I don’t think people realize. A lot of times he’ll greet you with a joke, and it’s a good joke, not something your grandpa would tell you.”
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