In a conversation with The Radical With Nick Terzo, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus talked about the common idea of Axl Rose being the band leader and revealed the bassist Tommy Stinson was doing all the job.
The talented guitarist Richard Fortus joined Guns N’ Roses early in 2002 after guitarist Paul Tobias left the band. The iconic frontman of the band Axl Rose previously praised Fortus’ work by stating:
“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.”
Recently, Richard Fortus joined an interview with The Radical With Nick Terzo podcast and talked about his experience with the different musicians took part in Guns N’ Roses throughout the years.
Here’s what Richard stated about working with different musicians since he joined the band in 2002:
“I love Robin Finck. I loved his playing. I loved working with him. And, obviously, Tommy Stinson is like my brother. We were all very tight. And then there was Bucket, who was just sort of out on his own. He’s a phenomenal talent. Man, he’s pretty out there. And he definitely can be difficult to work with. I enjoyed working with him, ’cause he’s very musical.
It was a difficult dynamic to make three guitars work. Buckethead did an excellent job, because he understood the dynamics of it and how the puzzle pieces have to fit together, and Bucket really understood that. Everything sort of has to have its place.”
Furthermore, Fortus was asked to comment on the general opinion of Axl Rose being the leader of the band. As a response, he mentioned that their bass player Tommy Stinson was doing most of the job in the band. However, Richard added that Axl was still the one who made the final decision on everything.
Here’s what Fortus asserted about Axl Rose’s position in Guns N’ Roses:
“A lot of it was Tommy, and he had sort of been somehow put in that role. And then Axl was always the final arbiter.”
As you might remember, back in 2014, Tommy Stinson left Guns N’ Roses claiming he wasn’t able to tour anymore. However, Stinson later commented on his departure by stating he actually left the band in a good way and continued:
“I left it in a good way. I actually had to just start turning down tours because I was unable to tour; I got into a position, personally, where my personal life was going to prevent me from doing.”
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