Guns N’ Roses’ Richard Fortus explains why the band are so often late onstage

Guitarist says frontman Axl Rose 'goes through a lot to walk out on stage'

Guns N’ Roses‘ Richard Fortus has defended Axl Rose’s tardiness, stating that “he goes through a lot to walk out onstage”.

In an interview with music journalist Mitch Lafon on his podcast, Fortus discussed Rose’s reputation, as well as his love for music.

“It’s not like a lot of bands, where it’s like clockwork,” he said. “But, man, you know, [Axl’s] the real deal. All he cares about is the music. For the longest time, when I first started with the band even, I thought it was by design. I thought, ‘He has this worked out.’ ‘Cause, you know, it’s two hours after we’re supposed to start, three hours… stadiums full of people just booing. And the second he’d walk out onstage… all of that negative energy just goes totally up right into the palm of his hand.”


Fortus continued: “It’s not like he’s sitting back watching TV and eating potato chips. Man, he goes through a lot to walk out onstage. Just everything… with being himself… to get into the right place within himself.”

Fortus also addressed rumours that Guns N’ Roses have been working on new material and that they will play live. “I don’t think there’s gonna be any touring soon. We have been working on material. And that sort of starts and stops, but we’re still plugging away at it,” he said.

Last summer, Axl Rose claimed Guns N’ Roses have two new albums almost ready for release. He said that the band have finished recording a follow-up to 2008 album ‘Chinese Democracy’, and also confirmed the existence of a ‘Chinese Democracy’ remix album.

“We recorded a lot of things before ‘Chinese…’ was out,” Rose said. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of ‘Chinese…’. That’s already recorded. [The remix album has] been done for a while, too.”

His remarks were confirmed by Guns N’ Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed in November.