Guns N' Roses guitarist denies Chinese Democracy tour claims

GN'R guitarist Fortus says he was 'misquoted,' and you can quote us on that
GN'R guitarist Fortus says he was 'misquoted,' and you can quote us on that

Are Guns N' Roses going on tour in late March? Will the tour last two years? Who knows what to believe? Just days after claiming the band would hit the road that month for an extended trek, GN'R guitarist Richard Fortus now says he was 'misquoted.'

"OK, it seems that I am being misquoted once again," Fortus said in a statement. "I never said that GN'R would be playing St. Louis, nor did I say that we will be doing free shows or that we are starting a two-year tour in March! Selective hearing. Never said it."

Fortus' original comments about GN'R hitting the road supposedly came as part of an interview with to promote his appearance in St. Louis last Monday night with Pale Divine, a locally popular act, of which he was a founding member.

We must say, the prospect of Axl Rose getting whatever configuration that is currently Guns N' Roses ready to tour by March had us dubious, let alone the thought of the band staying on the road for two years. After all, a two-year jaunt would require a hit record.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.