In a brand new interview published today (Feb. 3), GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed explains to Greenwich Time why he has stuck by Axl Rose through an aborted tour, numerous lineup changes and an album that is more than 10 years in the making.
"I want to see this thing through," Reed says. "I'm going to support him, he gave me my start, and I really want to see this happen. I believe in what we're doing."
Reed is coy when it comes to GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", saying only, "I haven't heard anything" when it comes to a possible release date. Until then, he'll continue with his own band, HOLLYWOOD BULLDOZER, which is entering its second year of playing the songs its members grew up with.
"The main purpose of this band is to go out and have a good time, and make sure everyone there has a good time," Reed says. "Playing with GUNS N' ROSES in front of all those people, there's an incredible amount of pressure."
Reed's band is made up of guitarist Scotty Griffin, singer/guitarist Matt Starr, bassist Tsuzumi Okai and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell. Hitting the road is a way for them to be to be received in a way that rarely happens in Los Angeles.
"When you do stuff in Hollywood, it's not cool to be into something or show you're having a good time," he says. "When you leave Los Angeles and get into other places, people appreciate music more. It's always been that way. (When) that was the place to be and nobody would cheer for the band. Everyone would stand there with their arms crossed."
Dizzy says that knew long before he joined that GUNS N' ROSES was an extraordinary group.
"I saw great stage presence and characters that were larger than life," he says. "They had good songs, too, but (most) couldn't tell because they were the loudest band in town. There was a certain dark energy. Being around them, I knew they were real."