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Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Fortus cut his teeth throughout the Midwest with his band, The Eyes. The four piece alt-rock outfit independently released the album Freedom in a Cage, then signed with Atlantic Records, changed their name to Pale Divine, and toured the U.S. in support of the album Straight to Goodbye, opening for The Psychedelic Furs.

Fortus went on to form Love Spit Love with The Psychedelic Furs' vocalist Richard Butler and bass player Tim Butler. When The Furs reformed in 2000, Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and played on the live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live.

Fortus has since left Love Spit Love and is now a member of Guns N' Roses, playing both rhythm and lead guitar. "He's an amazing lead player, and very technically skilled," Guns' Axl Rose has said. "He really likes the pocket that Brain sets and the two of them click with Tommy so we finally have the real deal rhythm section, as Richard is a proven professional. Basically, Richard's the guy that we always were looking for."

"I'm a bit of a phase nut, and I've amassed quite a collection of vintage and boutique phasers over the years," says Richard. "I've got a Red Witch Dlx Moon, Empress, Moog 12 Stage, HBE- Psylocybe, vintage Ross, vintage Systech, old Roland Jet Phase, Mutron bi-phase and Phasor II, a very early Small Stone, an old Bad Stone pedal phase, and of course, a vintage script logo Phase 100 and two script Phase 90s. The Phase 90 has always been the standard by which i've judged all others. It's what I grew up listening to on all my old records when i was a kid. When I joined Thin Lizzy, I decided that I was going to take my Phasor II, because the Phase 90 was so associated with Scott Gorham's tone and I didn't want to step on any toes! I've never liked any of the reissue 90s and never dug them. They always seemed really thin and cheap sounding. However, when a buddy of mine that works for Dunlop (who's ears I trust, and is aware of what a phase snob I am) called and told me that I really needed to hear the new custom shop script logo Phase 90 reissues, I checked one out. I couldn't believe how great it sounded, and I brought one home to compare it with my vintage ones. I was floored by what I heard. Not only did it have that warm vintage tone that my original ones had, it actually had a bit more natural top end that my vintage ones tend to chop off. A lot of phasers sound great with a clean tone, but the real trial of any phaser is how it deals with an overdriven sound. The reissue handles distorted sounds perfectly. It retained that organic liquidity that I've come to adore and crave. Now I don't have to be so worried about something happening to my costly vintage scripts when I'm on the road! Hand wired, CTS pot, Carling switch, Switchcarft jacks—the real deal. Finally!"

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