|GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be launching an East Coast solo tour on March 18. Backing Reed at all the dates will be Los Angeles-based rockers FASTMASTER (web site), who will also be the opening band on the tour. FASTMASTER includes Matt Starr and Alex Grossi from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES on guitar and backing vocals, Troy Farrell on drums and Curtis Armstrong on bass.
Starr recently spoke to Boston-based freelance writer Debby Rao about the upcoming tour: "The shows with Dizzy are going to be a blast. It is going to be a bunch of friends getting together and playing great music. The band will play mostly GUNS N' ROSES cover tunes with a few other cover songs by various artists thrown in."
Starr and Grossi met Dizzy when they played the Cat Club in Hollywood. Dizzy has been wanting to do this for a while and had some free time, so they decided to put together this East Coast tour and have some fun. Dizzy will also reportedly be playing acoustic guitar at the shows.
DIZZY REED w/ FASTMASTER:
Mar. 18 – Orange, CT @ Corner Pocket
Mar. 19 - Worcester, MA @ Lucky Dog Music Hall
Mar. 20 - Windsor Locks, CT @ Cargo's Cafe
(Thanks: Deb Rao / www.wormtown.org)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Old rock stars don't die. They perform golden oldies at corporate fashion shows.
Such was the case on Tuesday when Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and former Guns N' Roses bass player Duff McKagan belted out old chestnuts at a high-wattage Hollywood fashion event.
With a "GM" logo shimmering brightly in the background, and sharply dressed security officials stalking the stage to make sure no one got too exuberant, Tyler belted out Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love,' with Guns alumnus Matt Sorum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith filling in for the late John Bonham on a pair of drum kits.
McKagan covered the Damned's "New Rose," a track from his old band's 1993 album "The Spaghetti Incident?," and later returned to the stage to play bass behind Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong as he covered the Stooges "Search and Destroy." Green Day drummer Tre Cool helped out Sorum on that performance.
Other guest vocalists included Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, doing his best Phil Lynott impersonation, Korn's Jonathan Davis covering "Paranoid," and Macy Gray, covering the Pretenders and Blondie. Besides Sorum, the core band comprised guitarist Dave Navarro, his Jane's Addiction colleague Chris Chaney on bass and the Cult's Billy Morrison on guitar.
Zakk Wylde answered two GN'R related questions at the online chat he did on February 24th on www.gibsoncustom.com:
Aero: My question is: How was your work with guns n roses? Musican style, musicans you played with... thank you
Zakk Wylde: Aero - Axl called me and asked me to jam, I have nothing but respect and love for the guy
Zakk Wylde: We jammed for a while, just take a Black Label album and put Axl's vocals on it, that's what it might have sounded like
Zakk Wylde: As far as I'm concerned, Axl is one of the greatest front men and singers ever
[AsXpLy asked about Velvet Revolver]
Zakk Wylde: I'm good friends with Slash, Duff, and Matt , they are the real deal, I've never met Scot
Zakk Wylde: I think it's great for them and I hope it's huge, it's great for the whole rock community