The Darkness Frontman Talks GN'R: Fortus Is Doing a Lot More Than Izzy Could in Terms of Lead

"Slash is fucking amazing, too; he's still one of my heroes."

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The Darkness Frontman Talks GN'R: Fortus Is Doing a Lot More Than Izzy Could in Terms of Lead
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The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins talked about opening for GN'R on several dates of their ongoing reunion tour, telling Music Radar:

"We didn't get to hang out with Axl, but we did see Duff very briefly as well as their drummer Frank, who was super-cool.

"It was great to hear those songs loud, played by largely the original line-up. Axl's voice still sounds fucking amazing, even after all this time.

"Plus there was a fresh cowboy for every song... can't argue with that! Every type of material and color combination - it was most impressive.

"Slash is fucking amazing, too; he's still one of my heroes.

"There's the tone, the taste and the touch that only Slash has, and no-one can simulate that. It's a big part of GNR’s sound - he's a living legend in my opinion.

"He loves Les Pauls and 'Appetite' was the first album I bothered learning the tablature for, so I can actually play every note on it... accurately, too!

"And then Richard Fortus is a great guitarist in his own right, doing a lot more than Izzy could in terms of lead.

"Strangely enough, I actually met him in the gym when he was in Thin Lizzy and we were touring together.

"Obviously him and I share enormous, powerful guns and that's only because we're in the gym all the time..."

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    davidsuchy
    Izzy was a rhythm player. But has Fortus wrote anything better than Izzy's stuff?
    Kreuger
    Izzy is a rhythm player, is he not? Pointless jab.
    Minivirus2
    I believe he intended to say that there's something to be gained by having Fortus in the band. He isn't simply an Izzy stand-in, playing strictly rhythm, and adding nothing unique.
    rufizonfire
    So true. After seeing him live, I bet he could easily swap parts with Slash all night long.
    karstaag666
    Yeah Justin is a cool guy who wouldn't diss another musician intentionally. He only sings praises of people.
    efforts_1
    you can be a rhythm guitarist and still know lead principles. it just makes you a better rounded musician