Guns N' Roses' Keyboardist Dizzy Reed On Axl Rose, 'He Could Fire Me Tomorrow'

November 4, 2016

It's widely known that Axl Rose runs Guns N' Roses like a tight ship. Guitarist Richard Fortus recently said that he practiced more in the past year for their "Not In Your Lifetime" tour, than the past 14 years with them combined.

Keyboardist Dizzy Reed seconds the level of work ethic required to play in Guns N' Roses. In an interview with LA Weekly, Dizzy discusses how he sees musicians come and go through the band, and it what he does to secure his position on Axl's good side. "No matter who is playing in the band, we work really, really hard to make it work. When [Rose] picks up the microphone, it becomes what it is: Guns N' Roses. If you don't believe that, you don't have to be there."

Reed, though not a founding member, has been the keyboardist for Guns N' Roses for the last 27 years. "There are so many fans over the years that have expressed their appreciation for me sticking with the band," says Reed. "That always makes me feel really good about what I'm doing. And now, I'm at a point where I can't do anything else. What am I going to do? Start over?"

Starting over would surely be a big mistake, as Reed emphasizes that he never takes his role in the band for granted, and he will always side with Axl despite the amount of criticism he faces from fans and former members. "If there's ever any rift, I'm going to take his side," said Reed. "It's not even a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. You can formulate all this stuff in your head and get worked up, but I know if I ask him about anything that doesn't make sense, when he explains it, it sets everything right."

"Axl is the one that presented me with this gig," Reed added. "It was his idea. He gave me this opportunity. He could fire me tomorrow. I try and give him my best, my all, all the time."

(source: Blabbermouth)