Longtime GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed was interviewed on “The Morning Show” on Australia’s 7 network to promote his free one-off Australian show in support of his debut solo album, “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy”. You can watch the chat at this location.
Asked what he thinks makes GUNS N’ ROSES still a great band today, more than three decades after the release of the group’s debut album, Dizzy said: “I think hard work, dedication and keeping a view of the big picture. And that’s tough to do — it really is. Especially when you’ve had some success, it’s hard to keep scope of things.”
Dizzy added that “another factor” in GUNS N’ ROSES‘ longevity has been the band’s willingness “to continue to grow and expand [its] horizons.”
Dizzy will perform at Sydney’s Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice on Sunday, February 18. He is expected play a selection of classic GN’R tracks as well as some of the cuts from his solo disc.
“Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” will be released on Friday, February 16, just two days before Reed‘s show at Frankie’s. The first single from the disc is titled “This Don’t Look Like Vegas”.
Written by Reed, Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY, BLACK STAR RIDERS) and Del James, “This Don’t Look Like Vegas” features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with GUNS bandmate Richard Fortus (PSYCHELIC FURS, THIN LIZZY, THE DEAD DAISIES) providing the guitar solo. Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.) is on drums, with Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, while Reed handles lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James.
Reed is the longest-serving member of GN’R after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during the “Use Your Illusion” era, and has played with most of the original members as well as in all the later editions of the group and the current reunion lineup.
The Pulse Of Radio asked Reed how he’s managed to stay in the band for so long. “I get asked that a lot and it’s really just, I just never really thought about doing anything else, you know, on sort of a permanent basis,” he said. “You know, I kind of feel like I’m in GUNS N’ ROSES and that’s where I was meant to be.”
In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of GUNS N’ ROSES.