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Dizzy Reed: Rock N’ Roll Ain’t Easy.


Dizzy Reed: Rock N’ Roll Ain’t Easy.

For those of you who are not aquainted with the name, Dizzy is the Rock N’ Roll hall of famer and keyboardist with Guns and Roses.

This is his long anticipated solo album and he has brought together a plethora of musicians to join him on it; names like Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Almighty,) fellow gunner Richard Fortus, (G n R, Psychedilic Furs, Dead Daisies, Mike Dupke, (WASP) and a host of others

The album is good ol’ saloon rock: songs about gambling, whisky drinking and wild women with the familiar Roses sound, but with blues, blistering guitar riffs and the sometimes vaudeville keyboards of Reed, this album has something for everyone.

It kicks off with This Don’t look like Vegas, which received rave reviews worldwide and prompted Reed to digitally release it globally as a single.

The album has twelve tracks and each one delivers a different sound where you get to appreciate all the superstars talents that have contributed to it, titles like Cheers to R Oblivion, Fragile Water, Dirty Bomb and the wonderful title track Rock N Roll Ain’t Easy that tells the story of the trials of being on the road all the time. The wait for this debut by Dizzy has been worth it.

Born In Illinois in 1963 Darren (Dizzy) Reed learned to play keys at a very early age on his grandmother’s old lowrey and after listening to Booker T’s Green Onions with his dad on the radio one day he was hooked, and at the age of twelve he formed a band. He later moved to Los Angeles and it was whilst he was rehearsing in a practice room in Hollywood that he met and befriended Axl Rose. In 1990 he joined Guns N Roses on keys, percussion and backing vox and along with Axl he is the longest surviving member.

His New Zealand born wife Nadja also provides backing vocals on the album.

Dizzy Reed’s Rock N’ Roll Ain’t Easy is released on digital platforms woldwide on 16th February on Golden Robot Records.

Review by Dave Martin.