Latest release: Rock N Roll Ain’t Easy (Golden Robot)Website: www.facebook.com/DizzyFnReed
Dizzy Reed was thrown into the blazing glare of worldwide rock stardom when he was plucked from obscurity and added to the line-up of Guns N Roses in 1990. He is now the second-longest serving member of the band, having endured the group’s ups and downs over the last 28 years. A good number of them have been spent putting the pieces together for a solo album that has at last seen the light of day this week. In a world exclusive, Dizzy Reed is launching Rock N Roll Ain’t Easy at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney on Sunday February 18.
Congratulations on the release of the album, Dizzy. Has it been something of a labour of love for you?
I started writing and recording songs for this album ten years ago, so it’s a pleasure and a relief that it has come out finally. There has always been some kind of delay, whether it be scheduling or not having the money to finish it, but now it’s here at last and I have to say that I think all the effort has been worth it.
So what made you decide to launch the album here in Australia?
Well you know I am pretty familiar with Australia. I have been here quite a lot with the Dead Daisies, who are based down here. Plus the label’s here, so it kind of made sense, and Frankie’s is just the greatest bar. I visit whenever I’m in town and I always tell my friends that if they’re looking for a place to hang, Frankie’s is the place.
Dizzy, you’re best known as being one of the members of a band featuring one of the most famous people in rock if not the world. What’s is like to have that spotlight turned on you now?
You know I don’t really see it like that. I’m just going to keep doing what I do. I just enjoy playing music and making rock n roll.
You’ve now been in Guns N Roses for longer than almost everyone else. What was it like for you coming into Guns N Roses for the first time?
They were a huge band when I joined. I couldn’t stop pinching myself. All the guys were really good to me, they made me feel really welcome. I can’t thank Axl enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the band and to have been a member of Guns N Roses for such a big part of my life. That band is always going to be the priority for me.
So where are you going to take your album after this show? Do you have plans for other shows or launches?
That’s going to depend on whatever my schedule is. I’m just going to have to wait and see.
Do you know what GNR’s schedule is for this year?
I don’t really have any idea. I think we are doing some shows around June. You will hear about it before I do.
Really? Is that how it works, someone from the band calls you and says, ‘Hey Dizzy, we got shows coming up?’
No it’s usually my mum and dad will ring me up and say, “Hey, I see you are playing some shows in Munich soon”. I’m the last guy to find out!
And what can people expect from your show when you play at Frankies this weekend, Dizzy?
Well you know, I don’t know! You’ll have to wait and see. I have a rehearsal tonight so I’ll probably start planning the show then. See what works and what doesn’t. I really love singing and playing these songs so I really want everyone to have a great time with me when I launch this thing.
Dizzy launches his album at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney on February 18.