Guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed have announced that they will be leaving rock supergroup The Dead Daisies, fuelling speculation that they will join Guns N’ Roses as part of their 2016 reunion.
The pair played on Gunners’ 2008 record Chinese Democracy and have been part of a handful of names rumoured to be joining Slash, Duff and Axl on-stage at Coachella this year. According to a statement issued to Metal Hammer the pair are stepping down from the band for, “a momentous project in 2016.” It’s hard to think of many things more momentous this year than Guns N’ Roses reforming.
The Dead Daisies, now consisting of bassist Marco Mendoza, guitarist David Lowy, singer John Corabi and drummer Brian Tichy, have announced that former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich will now join the band. Together they will be recording a new album with producer Marti Fredericksen in Nashville.
“I’m very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of the Dead Daisies. I love the band and I’m looking forward to getting busy on the new record,” Aldrich said on joining the band.
Fortus said that Aldrich was his first suggestion to replace him in the band.
Slash and Axl will reunite for the first time since 1993 this year to play two shows in Las Vegas and also headline Coachella this year.
We’re not sure when to expect confirmation of the full Guns N’ Roses lineup but there are plenty of rumours flying around. Their former manager reckons that original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin might rejoin the band while Chinese Democracy contributors multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer have also been mentioned.
Watch: Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (Live)