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Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus
Fortus with Guns N' Roses in 2012
Background information
Born (1966-11-17) November 17, 1966
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock, post-punk, heavy metal, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass
Years active 1986–present
Labels Atlantic, Geffen
Associated acts Guns N' Roses, Love Spit Love, The Psychedelic Furs, Nena, X Japan, Thin Lizzy, Gravity Kills
Website Official Website of Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus (born November 17, 1966) is a professional guitarist who is the guitarist for Guns N' Roses.[1] He has also played in bands of his own, performed solo, and as both a member or a session musician with other hard rock ventures, including a short period as a lead guitarist for Thin Lizzy in 2011.[1] Fortus is currently lead guitarist for The Dead Daisies.


  • Career 1
  • Equipment 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Fortus playing with Guns N' Roses in 2006.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri,[1] Fortus played throughout the Midwest with his band, The Eyes. The four-piece alternative band independently released "Freedom in a Cage", which was produced by David Probst. After signing with Atlantic Records, they changed their name to Pale Divine. They subsequently toured the U.S. in support of their only album, Straight to Goodbye, opening for The Psychedelic Furs.

After The Psychedelic Furs split up, Fortus formed Love Spit Love with Richard and Tim Butler. When The Furs reformed in 2000, Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and played on the live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live.

In 2001, Fortus became a member of Guns N' Roses, replacing Paul Tobias. In Guns N' Roses, Richard plays both rhythm and occasional lead guitar. Lead singer Axl Rose is very pleased with Richard's work and has said, "He's an amazing lead player and very technically skilled. He really likes the pocket that Brain sets and the two of them click with Tommy so we finally have the real deal rhythm section, as Richard is a proven professional. Basically, Richard's the guy that we always were looking for."

On November 5, 2005, Richard's wife, Jen Fortus, gave birth to a daughter, Paisley Piper Fortus.

In March 2008 Fortus was one of the guest guitarists for the reunion shows of X Japan at the Tokyo Dome.[2]

In 2008 he joined the Danish rock/pop band, The Storm, on their tour. Fortus played guitar on their first record, "Where The Storm Meets The Ground," and is a personal friend of leadsinger Pernille Rosendahl and lead guitarist Johan Wohlert.

He has also collaborated with Sámi singer-songwriter Lásse Kvernmo in a project called Sáivu.

In 2013 Fortus joined The Dead Daisies with the likes of Jon Stevens and Dave Lowy. They have released 2 singles, "Lock N Load" (featuring Slash) and "Washington." Their eponymous debut album was released on August 9, 2013.


Guitars: Gibson '73 Les Paul Signature Effects: Hiwatt tape echo, Lexicon PCM80 Pedals: Klon Centaur, Hermida Mosferatu Amps: 2 channel Cornford, '73 Jose-modded Marshall 100, Plexi Marshalls (modified), Diezel


  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Official website. Richard Fortus. 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "on tour". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 

External links

  • – Official Website of Richard Fortus
  • – Official Website of The Dead Daisies
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