Dizzy Reed – “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” (Golden Robot Records)
While not being one of the more prominent names in Guns N’ Roses, Dizzy Reed does hold the distinction of being the longest serving member – apart from Axl Rose! Touring with the Psychedelic Furs and recording with The Dead Daisies, Reed has reunited fellow members of Guns N’ Roses, along with some other greats, including players from W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy, No Doubt, The Replacements, Queens of the Stone Age, and more on this 14 god of rock monster release. Handling the lead vocals and the Hammond B-3, Reed is joined by WASP’s rhythm section of Mike Dupke and Mike Duda, whileRicky Warwick, Mayuko Okai and fellow Gunners band mate Richard Fortus all lend a hand on this sterling release that is drenched in true red blooded rock that could shake a stadium while simultaneously bringing it to tears! From the deep and heartbreaking ‘Fragile Water’ which reminds me of Mike Monroe in its rock n roll style to the more laid back, but no less soulful ‘Splendid Isolation’ with its incredibly moving guitars complete with Southern tones matched by Reed’s own dazzling piano work, this is definitive of what rock is all about, complete with a live sound. ‘This Don’t Look Like Vegas’, written by Reed, Warwick and Del James, is pumped up rock with a hard thumping rhythm while the piano adds a jazzy touch along with backing vocals from Nadja Reed and Chela Johnson before a searing lead solo tears things up like a Harley burning rubber along the Strip – yeah! Bringing it all home was ‘Mother Theresa’ with its dark, raw riffing and keyboards hammering away while the stratospherically high guitars just sailed into relentless simultaneous bliss bringing climatic highs over and over again – holy crap, what a trip – I mean, could these dudes get any higher in inducing musical euphoria!?!?!?