Dizzy Reed has a long musical career, and is probably best known for the years he spent with Guns n’ Roses on keys, percussion and backing vocals. Even though he has been in the industry long enough to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this album is Dizzy’s first step into solo production. It is an album which, unsurprisingly features keyboards heavily throughout.
‘Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy’ is 12 tracks of rock (or 13 if you download the digital version which comes with a bonus track!) with Reed uniting with 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.
The first single, ‘This Don’t Look Like Vegas’, was lifted from the album for release and has received rave reviews worldwide, prompting the decision to go global digitally with the solo record. The track was written by Dizzy Reed, Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty, Black Star Riders) and Del James, features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with fellow Gunner, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy), bringing the guitar solo.
Mike Dupke’s (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, Reed on lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James. It is a great opening track and I hope it gets some well deserved airplay to get it out there, and is well worth a listen - as is the rest of the album. When the album is pre-ordered, you'll instantly receive the first single.
Each track is littered with guitar solos that make your toes curl with delight and vocals that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. Dizzy’s vocals are clear and distinctive. What he seems to lack in vocal range, he makes up for in power and emotion.
Whilst many of the tracks are, unsurprisingly, dominated by Dizzy’s use of keys, some, such as ‘I Celebrate’ are guitar driven and underpinned by some pretty heavy drumming giving the track a full sound. The keys come in and give a backdrop to the musicianship that Dizzy has brought together in this masterpiece.
The eighth track of 12 (or 13 if you download the digital version which has a bonus track), ‘Understanding’, brings in a perfectly placed keys solo, swiftly followed by ‘Crestfallen’ with its keys intro supporting a track with varied tempos and a full, heavy sound.
The final (and title track) includes a saxophone solo and is a great way to finish a fine album. It brings together and demonstrates the fine talents of all the musicians in a track with sentiments that will be understood by many bands - Rock n’ Roll Ain’t Easy - it is full of hard work, broken dreams and challenges - but it is worth the effort.
I, for one, am glad that Dizzy has overcome whatever challenges he needed to to bring this album together. It is available on digital platforms worldwide on 16 February 2018.
This Don’t Look Like Vegas
Cheers 2 R Oblivion
Mystery in Exile
Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy
Pre-order link for the album 'Rock N Roll Ain't Easy': http://smarturl.it/DizzyReed When the album is pre-ordered, you'll instantly received the first single 'This Don't Look Like Vegas'.
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