Caroline Fontein of Vegas.com recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Vegas.com: Aside from [singer] Axl [Rose], you’re the only remaining band member from the “Use Your Illusion” era. What was it like for you back in 1990 when you joined GUNS N’ ROSES?
Dizzy: “It was kind of like my dreams came true, finally. Back then, myself and all the other musicians I knew, it’s what we were trying to do. I knew the guys in GUNS N’ ROSES from before they had their success and everything. When I got asked to join the band, it was very gratifying and very cool. The next thing I knew, I was on a plane flying all over the world for the next three years playing huge rock concerts. It was pretty awesome.”
Vegas.com: How do you think the group’s musical focus has changed over time?
Dizzy: “I think if anything, it’s expanded like every band needs to do at some point. You can only beat the same three chords the same way so many times before people just go, ‘whatever’… Eventually, you have to expand your horizons, which I think had a lot to do with why I joined the band in the first place.”
Vegas.com: GUNS N’ ROSES has so many hit songs. What do you think it is about your music that continues to resonate with fans today?
Dizzy: “I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it’s real music. It’s not contrived. It’s real rock ‘n’ roll.”
Vegas.com: How has performing those songs changed for you over the years or has it changed?
Dizzy: “It’s definitely different. It has to be. You can’t play the same way over and over again. When new guys come in the band, I always try to tell them or we always try to tell each other, we can make this more of our own even if it’s just flip the beat around a little bit here or there, anything just to make it fresh and keep it fun and cool.”
Read the entire interview from Vegas.com.