The guitarist of Guns N’ Roses since 2020 and also a musician who has one studio album as a solo musician, Richard Fortus, has made a new interview with the official YouTube channel of Tone-Talk and shared an untold story of how John Sykes auctioned for Guns N’ Roses back in 2002.

John Sykes is one of the most talented guitarists of all time and he’s mostly known as the former member of the iconic bands like Tygers of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, and Whitesnake. According to the latest interview of Richard Fortus, he was one of the candidates who wanted to join Guns N’ Roses almost two decades ago.

As you will check out the statements of Richard right below, while Richard Fortus admitted that John Sykes was one of the most incredible guitarists among the bunch of people they’ve auditioned, he also added that John’s reputation does precede him and that’s why he ended up not getting the gig.

Here is what Richard Fortus said about John Sykes’ performance:

“I remember Tommy Stinson came in, and we walked into rehearsals, and we see John there. Tommy turns around to the tour manager, and he goes, ‘Man, send him home. Why are we doing this? Axl’s not gonna go for this.‘ And is, like, ‘It’s John Sykes, man. He learned the songs. The least you can do is listen to him.’

So Tommy was, like, ‘All right. Fine.’ So we go in the room, and within two minutes, Tommy is looking over at me, like, ‘Oh my God!’ I mean, it was incredible — incredible. And he just plugged straight into the amp, and just killed it. His tone was incredible. Our jaws were on the ground, for sure.”

Richard Fortus continued:

“John’s reputation does precede him. But I personally got along great with him, and I kept in contact with him. Actually, I kept in contact with him pretty regularly until I got the Thin Lizzy gig, and then he didn’t call me anymore. But I thought he was great.”

You can watch the interview below.

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