GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed was recently interviewed by Australia’s Lock In. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about the fact that he has always been treated as an important part of the GUNS N’ ROSES live show and wasn’t hidden off stage or relegated to the shadows on the side stage, Reed said: “I’ve gotta give Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES singer] credit for all that, man. He wanted me in the band, and I think he saw that I really wanted to be a part of the band. And I’m not saying that the other guys didn’t wanna put me behind a curtain on stage; I don’t know that for sure, I can’t say that for sure. There was a little bit of talk of possibly me being a little bit… my head poking out [from behind the curtain]. But Axl, I think, saw how badly I wanted it and wanted to be a part of the band and wanted to add to it, and I give him all the credit for that, man. And I’m happy to be, if not the first [keyboard player], one of the first guys to actually be on stage, be a part of the band, and hopefully open the door for the other keyboard players that came after me. We add to the music what we can, and I think it’s always an important part of it.”
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.
Reed‘s debut solo album, “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy”, was released on February 16. The first single from the disc is titled “This Don’t Look Like Vegas”.