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Richard Fortus (born November 17, 1966) is an American guitarist. He has been a member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses since 2002, and with whom he has recorded one studio album.[1][2] Fortus has also collaborated extensively with The Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler and fellow Guns N' Roses bandmate Frank Ferrer. Aside from lead singer Axl Rose, and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Fortus is the longest tenured member of Guns N' Roses, having been with the band continuously since 2002.

Alongside his work in Guns N' Roses, Fortus is a former member of Love Spit Love, Thin Lizzy and The Dead Daisies.[1]

Career

Early life and beginning career

Fortus was born in <

Alongside his work in Guns N' Roses, Fortus is a former member of Love Spit Love, Thin Lizzy and The Dead Daisies.[1]

Fortus was born in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] He began learning violin at 4 years old and the drums a year later.

Fortus studied at the Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University and also played in several youth symphonies in the St. Louis area.

The Eyes/Pale Divine (1984-1991)

Fortus founded the band The Eyes in 1984. 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.

Love Spit Love and the Psychedelic Furs (1992-2000)

After the Psychedelic Furs split up, Fortus formed Love Spit Love with Richard Butler and Frank Ferrer in 1992.[3] When the Furs reformed in 2000, Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and played on the live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live. Love Spit Love went on an indefinite hiatus soon after.

Loup Garou (1995–98)

Fortus joined this nyc outfit for club dates and festivals over a three year hitch that included dates in Europe and culminated with the recording of the band's 3rd CD "Ten Wines from Job's Vineyard".[4]

Guns N' Roses (2002-present)

Fortus was in a group called Honky Toast with Frank Ferrer, singer Eric J. Toast and bassist E.Z. Bake. The group released one album, 1999's Watcha Gonna Do Honky?.[11]

Fortus has collaborated with techno-rock musician BT on several occasions, including touring with him in 2000.[12]

In March 2008 Fortus was one of the guest guitarists for the reunion shows of X Japan at the Tokyo Dome.[13] He played with them three more times in 2018, on April 10 and 11 at Fortus was in a group called Honky Toast with Frank Ferrer, singer Eric J. Toast and bassist E.Z. Bake. The group released one album, 1999's Watcha Gonna Do Honky?.[11]

Fortus has collaborated with techno-rock musician BT on several occasions, including touring with him in 2000.[12]

In March 2008 Fortus was one of the guest guitarists for the

Fortus has collaborated with techno-rock musician BT on several occasions, including touring with him in 2000.[12]

In March 2008 Fortus was one of the guest guitarists for the reunion shows of X Japan at the Tokyo Dome.[13] He played with them three more times in 2018, on April 10 and 11 at Zepp Divercity and on April 14 at Coachella.[14][15]

In 2008 he joined the Danish rock/pop band, the Storm, on their tour.[16] 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.

Fortus provided guitar for former The Replacements and Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson's two solo albums. Fortus also recorded a cover of the James Bond theme for Guitar Hero World Tour and later played the song live as a solo spot during Guns N' Roses's 2012 tour.[17]

He has collaborated with singer-songwriter Lásse Kvernmo in a project called Sáivu.[18] Fortus has also recorded or toured with acts such as Rihanna, N*SYNC, Nena and Ben Folds, among others.[19][20]

Fortus is a member (alongside Ferrer) of New York-based band The Compulsions.[21]

Fortus briefly joined Thin Lizzy as lead guitarist in 2011.[22]

Guitars: Paoletti Richard Fortus Signature #2 Guitar in White Leather. Gibson '73 Les Paul Signature, Gretsch White Falcon,
Effects: Hiwatt Tape Echo, Lexicon PCM80
Pedals: Klon Centaur, Hermida Mosferatu
Amps: 2 channel Cornford, '73 Jose-modded Marshall 100, Plexi Marshalls (modified), Diezel

Personal life<

On November 5, 2005, Fortus' partner gave birth to a daughter, Paisley Piper Fortus. She gave birth to a second child, Clover Blue Fortus, on January 6, 2008.[23]

In September 2015, he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, causing him to miss dates with the Dead Daisies. Fortus suffered a broken shoulder blade, a broken collarbone, six broken ribs, a broken toe, a bruised lung, a lacerated liver and a concussion.[24]

On December 10, 2016, Fortus married Stephanie Howlett, a St. Louis-based attorney.[25] The couple resides in St. Louis County, Missouri with their two daughters.[26]

with The Eyes/ Pale Divine

  • Freedom in a Cage (1990)
  • Straight to Goodbye (1991)

With Love Spit Love

With Tommy Stinson

With Loup Garou

  • Ten Wines from Job's Vineyard (1996)

With Guns N' Roses:

With Michael Monroe:

  • Sensory Overdrive (2011)

With The Dead Daisies:

  • The Dead Daisies (2013)
  • Revolución (2015)

With The Compulsions:

  • Dirty Fun (2015)

With The Psychedelic Furs:

  • Made of Rain (2020) - Production

ReferencesLove Spit Lo

With Tommy Stinson

With Loup Garou