Richard Fortus is an American guitarist.
Richard Fortus is known as guitarist of Guns N'Roses
Richard Fortus studied at the Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University and also played in several youth symphonies in the St. Louis area.
He founded the band The Eyes in 1984. The four-piece band independently released "Freedom in a Cage", which was produced by David Probst.
From 1995 to 1998 Fortus joined Loup Garou, a NYC band, for club dates and festivals that included dates in Europe and culminated with the recording of the band's 3rd CD "Ten Wines from Job's Vineyard".
When the Psychedelic Furs reformed in 2000, Richard Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and played on the live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live.
In 2002 he joined Guns N' Roses officially .
In Guns N' Roses, Fortus plays both rhythm and occasionally lead guitar.