Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses

Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses

Dizzy Reed (born Darren Arthur Reed, June 18, 1963 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is a contemporary rock musician. He is best known for his tenure as the keyboardist for the rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he has played, toured and recorded since 1990. Aside from frontman Axl Rose, Reed is the only member of Guns N' Roses to remain from the band's Use Your Illusion era.As an adult, Reed pursued a music career in Los Angeles. He was a founding member of the club band The Wild in the late 1980s, with whom he spent five years[3]. He also replaced August Worchell as the guitarist of the group Johnny Crash although the band split up shortly after he joined.

Reed met the original lineup of Guns N' Roses in 1985; his band, The Wild, rehearsed in a neighboring studio.[1] He kept in touch, and in 1990 was invited by friend Axl Rose to join the group for the recording of the two Use Your Illusion albums. His induction into GN'R was far from smooth: former bandmates Slash and Izzy have said that no one in the band but Axl talked to Reed for the first two weeks.[4]

In spite of the rough start, Reed soon became an accepted member of the group and his work was heard on the majority of tracks on both albums. As a member of Guns N' Roses, Reed has become well-known for his keyboard, piano and backing vocal work during live performances, music videos and on such songs as "Dust N' Bones" Live and Let Die "Bad Obsession" "November Rain" "Garden of Eden" "Don't Damn Me" "Bad Apples" "Civil War", "14 Years", "Yesterdays", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" "Get in the Ring" "Pretty Tied Up" and "Locomotive", as well his contributions to some of the band's new tracks, including "Chinese Democracy", "Shacklers Revenge", "Better", "Street of Dreams" "If the World", "There Was a Time", "Catcher in the Rye", "Scraped", "Riad N' the Bedouins", "I.R.S" and "Prostitute", and when not playing keyboards or piano, Reed frequently provides backup on percussion and vocals during live Guns N' Roses performances.

Dizzy continues to record and play live with the current Guns N' Roses line-up, and has now been a member of Guns N' Roses longer than any other member besides Axl Rose. Since he joined the band in 1990, five years after its formation in 1985, he cannot be described as an original member. However, apart from Rose, he remains the only remaining link to the Use Your Illusion era and Guns N' Roses's heyday in the early 1990s. Although Reed did not co write any songs during the Illusion sessions, for Chinese Democracy he co wrote "Street of Dreams" with Axl Rose and Tommy Stinson and "There Was a Time" and "I.R.S" with Rose and Paul Tobias, as well as the non-album single "Oh My God" with Rose and Tobias. As well as singing during Guns N' Roses live performances, Reed also serves as a backing vocalist, more notabley with the current lineup than the old lineup, he sung backing vocals on a few songs on the Use Your Illusion albums, notable examples were November Rain "Garden of Eden" "Bad Apples" and "Civil War" as well as You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory from "The Spaghetti Incident?" which was a Duff solo track where Dizzy was the only other member of the band that sung on that track, frequently on Chinese Democracy one of Reeds biggest roles in the band today is serving as a backing vocalist.

Kid Felix

Formed in May 2011, Kid Felix has already made an impression on the Philadelphia music scene. The six-piece rock band from Laurel Springs, New Jersey takes cues from bands such as Brand New, Kings of Leon and Manchester Orchestra, while producing a musical style and sound experience that is unmistakeably Kid Felix. Consisting of Jake Falana (vocals), John Ambrutis (lead guitar), Brett Hagen (guitar), Julian Ungerer (bass), Ken Baxter (keyboards), and John Szachewicz (drums). The band is on the heels of its first official EP, and with it’s release, they hope to begin touring to reach new audiences while maintaining continued success among fans in the Philly area who gave them their start.

With onstage exploits such as recording and sampling their own music live, and using power tools for instruments, Phantasm has literally drilled themselves into the live rock scene in the US. They have over 800 shows under their belts and are not slowing down.

The Philadelphia-based trio’s explosive stage show has been gaining praise from critics and musicians. Living Colour’s bass player, Doug Wimbish caught Phantasm’s set at a dive bar in Connecticut and was blown away.

“You are one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time.” Wimbish told drummer, Jay Yachetta.

Less than one month later, Phantasm was on tour opening for Living Colour.

You may also have seen Phantasm’s name pop up on marquis underneath
notable acts such as:

Andrew W.K.
Mos Def
Closure In Moscow
The Memorials (feat. Thomas Pridgen)
As Tall As Lions
Terrible Things (feat. Fred Macherino)
Just Like Vinyl (feat. Thomas Erak)
Michael Angelo Batio
Doug Wimbish
The Locust
The Sleeping

The band brought their momentum from the road to the studio to record their fourth album Impossible Machines.

“We have released albums before, but not like this.” says drummer Jay Yachetta. “The album has only been out for a week and people are already singing some of the songs back when we play.”

The fan favorite so far is “Sho Nuff” (The bands homage to 1985′s Kung Fu flick The Last Dragon). A call and response song where singer, Steven Rosplock shouts “Am I the baddest?” the gang vocal shouts back “Sho Nuff!”

“While writing this record we really took a step back and tried to hear the song from the audience’s perspective. We wanted to make songs that people really love, not just impress them with our playing, or our lust for smashing things on stage.” explains Rosplock. “These songs are for everyone, not just me.”

Now it is time for Phantasm to dust off the power drill and hit the road to promote their new album. Impossible Machines is available now on iTunes and at live shows.

$14 - $18


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