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Guns N’ Roses Kick Off Not in This Lifetime Tour

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Richard Fortus with his Players Edition White Falcon. Photo: Kat Benzova

Guns N’ Roses have reclaimed their rightful place in the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight, triumphantly returning to the stage at Detroit’s Ford Field for their debut show on the “Not in This Lifetime” tour.

Frontman Axl Rose (back in full force after suffering a broken bone in his foot earlier in the year) and original members Slash and Duff McKagan were first to emerge on stage, followed by new members Richard Fortus on guitar and Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese on keys. Together, they brought down the house of 40,000 eager fans that have waited years for a reunion they never thought possible.

“I’ve been playing with Guns N’ Roses for 15 years now and the work ethic these guys have is amazing,” Fortus told Gretsch Guitars. “I think I’ve rehearsed more this year in that band than I have in the previous 14 years together. It’s been really intense and very focused. It’s a great learning experience and a great honor.”

Those rehearsals apparently have paid off as GNR put on a tight and epic two-and-a-half-hour performance that kicked off with “It’s So Easy” and included hits “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Chinese Democracy” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” GNR closed out the thrilling show with fan favorite “Paradise City.”

Guns N’ Roses will tour through August with a star studded opening lineup on select dates that includes The Cult, Alice in Chains, Lenny Kravitz and more. Dates here.

Check out fan footage from the concert below.

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The Cult Headline Austin City Limits Live During SXSW

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The Cult headlined the Austin City Limits Live set at the Moody Theater late Friday night playing for a packed SXSW crowd looking to end their music-filled day with a bang, and Billy Duffy and crew did not disappoint.

While lightning raged outdoors, cancelling many SXSW showcases, the groundbreaking band entertained the indoor masses at the premier venue with songs from their recent release Hidden City, including “Dark Energy,” “Hinterland” and “Birds of Paradise.” They also mixed it up with classics “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Sweet Soul Sister,” “Lil’ Devil” and “Wildflower.”

In addition to The Cult’s epic performance, the crowd was treated to several supporting acts, including the Joe Scarborough Band, the New Regime featuring Ilan Rubin (drummer NIN, Paramore), Fantastic Negrito, and Blue October.

The Cult’s U.S. tour continues through April. Check out their tour dates here.

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Billy Duffy Discusses Career and Gear with Sweetwater Sound

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The Cult’s Billy Duffy recently sat down with Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater Sound to discuss his storied career and his signature Gretsch White Falcon.

Duffy noted that he was first turned on to the White Falcon via Neil Young, while Brian Setzer’s work in the Stray Cats similarly piqued his interest in Gretsch guitars.

“I’ve always been fascinated with Gretsches as guitars,” Duffy said. “Visually, I always thought it was some mythical beast.”

And once he purchased his original Gretsch, he found that it more than delivered from a performance perspective.

“I was searching for a sound, and people have said to me, ‘Why a Gretsch, and not a Les Paul?’” he explained. “I said, ‘Well, if you think of a Gretsch as an SUV, you wouldn’t drive it down a race track. And you wouldn’t drive a sports car off-road. They do different things.’

“And the other final thing was that I could only afford one guitar, and that was the one. It just became synonymous with the band.”

Watch the entire interview below.

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Billy Duffy Runs Through His Rig With Premier Guitar

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During a tour stop with the Cult in Nashville, guitarist Billy Duffy took some time to run through his live rig with Premier Guitar.

Not only does he discuss his amps and pedals, but Duffy also pulls out his signature White Falcon model that he plays on the road.

Duffy noted that he has several prototypes of the guitar at home, but he plays a production model while on stage.

Check out Duffy’s gear after the jump and visit his’s official website for more information. (more…)

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Billy Duffy Talks White Falcon With Total Guitar

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Billy Duffy and his White Falcon

By Jimmy Smith

It’s no surprise to hear that Billy Duffy loves his White Falcon. Seeing the Cult guitarist with the majestic Gretsch six-string is a common sight for Duffy fanatics.  Recently, Total Guitar magazine sat down with Duffy to see how it all started.

“I always thought it was like a mythical kind of thing: this big, white semi-acoustic guitar,” said Duffy. “It was looks first.

“I really liked that Neil Young approach of getting a really aggressive sound out of a Gretsch,” he continued. “My high-school band was just slightly pre-punk. We got into stuff like Neil Young – sorta folky, rocky – and Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash had them; that was the first time I saw the guitar. [Then] I joined Theater of Hate, took all my life’s savings and bought a guitar.”

For more on the interview with Billy Duffy pick up June’s issue of Total Guitar here.

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