Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed Leave the Dead Daisies For a "Momentous Project"

The Guns N' Roses reunion might be getting a little more interesting.

When news of the reunion first broke, it was known that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan would be participating and, although some sources named other former members, there was no official confirmation.

Two of those former members, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed, have now officially left their current project, The Dead Daisies, to participate in a "momentous project." All speculation is leading to that project being the Guns N' Roses reunion.

Rose, Slash and McKagan were all part of the early version of Guns N' Roses from 1985. Reed turned the original quartet into a six-man band in 1990 with the addition of keyboards and Fortus came in 2002 to replace Paul Tobias.

So far, Guns N' Roses has been confirmed only for two shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and 9 and the two weekends of the Coachella festival (April 16 and 23) but, with the comment by Fortus and Reed of a "momentous project" (and if they are, indeed, headed for the reunion), it would seem that there is much more being planned for the future.

With Fortus and Reed gone from the band, the remaining members of the Dead Daisies are Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol), David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) and John Corabi (Motley Crue/RATT) along with Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) who has just joined for the band's new album.

Fortus said of Aldrich "When we started speaking about finding someone to replace me, the first suggestion I had was Doug Aldrich. It doesn't get any better than Doug in my book. I am so happy that he is able and willing to step in and take over. I think that it will elevate the band to the next level. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Daisies over the last couple of years. Stay tuned to see what they come up with next. I'm sure you won't be disappointed."

Lowy also saluted the departing members of the band. "It's been a privilege and a pleasure to write, record and perform with such talented world-class musicians and all-around great guys. I've personally learned so much from both of them."

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