Guns N’ Roses’ keyboard player Dizzy Reed made a new interview with Henry Yates of Classic Rock this week and shared the ten albums that changed his music career forever.
A Hinsdale, Illinois-born keyboardist and also occasional actor Dizzy Arthur Reed is the keyboardist of Guns N’ Roses for more than two decades and he’s the longest-standing member of the band aside from the frontman Axl Rose. He released the first solo album of his career named ‘Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy‘ by Golden Robot Records back in 2018 and three studio albums with Guns N’ Roses in his 21 years of career with the band.
In his interview with Classic Rock, Dizzy was asked to name ten albums that changed his life forever. While naming many legends like Booker T., Queen, The Who, The Clash, W.A.S.P, Hanoi Rocks, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, he also shared the story of the first time he listened to Metallica’s debut studio album.
Here is what Dizzy told about Kill ‘Em All:
“I was out of high school, and I was starting to get into metal. Kill ’Em All was the fucking heaviest thing I’d ever heard at that point in time. And it still holds up. It still sounds heavy. Have I told the guys in Metallica what that record means to me? Nah, they can read it here. I don’t need to stroke their egos anymore.”
He also named Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti from 1975:
“That was definitely a headphones record for me, after smoking a joint, late at night. I loved Trampled Underfoot. And Into The Light, that’s amazing. But just the entire thing, you know? There was a sense of ‘What song shall I explore now?’ – and there were so many to choose from, going off in so many different directions.
There’s a lot of John Paul Jones’s keyboard stuff on there that just changed the way I felt about everything. Physical Graffiti had that mystique that Led Zeppelin invented. They were untouchable, they were amazing, and it all shone through on that record.”
In the same interview, Dizzy called Lynyrd Skynrd as the hardest working band giving an example from their live album ‘One More From The Road’ while claiming that their late keyboardist Bill Powell is the greatest piano player in the rock music scene.