Richard Fortus

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Richard Fortus
Richard Fortus GunsNRoses.jpg
Background information
Born (1966-11-17) November 17, 1966 (age 48)
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 guitar, drums, violin
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 gained acclaim as one of the guitarists in 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, the most recent of these is as the new lead guitarist for Thin Lizzy.[1]

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.[clarification needed]

Beyond 2000[edit]

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. 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. Her name is 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 leadguitarist Johan Wohlert.

He has also collaborated with Norwegian singer-songwriter Lásse Kvernmo in a project called Sáivo.

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


Fortus performing with Guns N' Roses in 2013

Richard uses the listed equipment for the Guns N' Roses 2012 Club Tour [3]




  • Electro-Harmonix HOG Harmonic Generator
  • Boss Hyper Fuzz Distortion
  • MXR Phase 90 Scripted Logo Phaser
  • DOD FX25 Envelope Filter
  • Hiwatt Custom Tape Echo
  • Dunlop Cry Baby Rackmount Wah
  • TC Electronic G-Major 2 Effect Processors
  • Yamaha AG Stomp Acoustic Effect Processor
  • Fishman Aura Spectrum Acoustic DI
  • Prescription electronics Vibe Unit
  • Xotic RC Booster Clean Boost
  • Strymon OB.1 Compressor
  • Arion Stereo Chorus
  • Pigtronix Echolution Delay
  • Lovepedal Eternity Overdrive
  • Emma discumBOBulator Envelope Filter


  • Access Electronics FX1 MIDI Footcontroller
  • Lindy Fralin, Jason Lollar, Arcane pickups and RS Guitar Works electronics
  • RotoSound .10 - .52 gauge strings


  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Official website. Richard Fortus. 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "on tour". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses' Richard Fortus". YouTube. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

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