Dizzy Reed Discusses the “Not in This Lifetime Tour”
GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed has phoned into the “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon”. He said that the band’s recently completed “Not In This Lifetime” tour more than lived up to his expectations. “I had no doubt that it was gonna be as big and as massive as it was,” he said. “And I think we eliminated any uncertainty, because everybody worked really hard. And we put in the time to put on the best show that we possibly could for everybody. If you do everything you can through preparation, then anything else that happens is just gonna be an act of god or whatever. The fans came out, like I knew they would, and I don’t think it was anything less than I thought it would be.”
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Reed also spoke about how they prepare for the three-and-a-half-hour shows with GUNS N’ ROSES, saying: “Honestly, it’s not that tough for me. I’m sitting down a lot, playing the piano. The main thing for me — and I’ve said this before — is I’ve gotta hit the toilet before I go on, man, ’cause I’m not gonna be able to use the toilet for another four hours. So that’s the main thing. It goes by [fast], too. I don’t really think about it. A lot of times I think we maybe could have played more songs.”
GUNS N’ ROSES recently announced that it will play three festival shows — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits and Exit 111 — this fall. The gigs will mark the band’s first live appearances since ending its reunion tour in December 2018.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018.
“Not In This Lifetime” is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago.
Since the end of the tour last year, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both returned to their own solo projects. Slash is currently on tour with the Conspirators while Duff is getting ready to release his long awaited solo record Tenderness at the end of this month.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour featured classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.