Powerhouse indie record label, Golden Robot Records, has added world-renowned Guns N’ Roses band member, Dizzy Reed, to its fast growing roster, with his long-awaited solo album slated for release in Australia later this year. The record features players from some of the world’s greatest rock bands including Thin Lizzy, W.A.S.P., Psychedelic Furs, fellow Gunner’s members and many more.
“Concentrating on our global expansion with the addition of internationals to the label, we’re very excited to have an artist of Dizzy Reed’s caliber join us,” says Mark Alexander-Erber, President and Co-Founder of Golden Robot Global Entertainment. “He’s not only been a prominent force in Guns N’ Roses for over 25 years, he’s also a well-respected solo artist in his own right.”
Golden Robot Records roster also includes a number of well-known and up and coming Aussie artists, including Rose Tattoo, Kilbey Kennedy, Ben Gillies, The Art, High Tropics, The Superjesus, The Cherry Dolls, The Lockhearts, The Heartache State, Mi-Sex, Moon, Toe to Toe, The Kids, The Buckleys, and She Shinjuku.
Born in Hinsdale, Illinois and raised in Colorado, Dizzy started his musical journey in early childhood. His grandmother, who lived in the apartment above, played the organ, and taught Dizzy on her Lowry.
Growing up, Dizzy was exposed to his father’s love of Booker T and the MGs. Once young Dizzy realised that was the same instrument he could play, he was hooked. By the age of 12 he was touring with his band. Other early influences were John Lord, Gregg Rolie, and Grand Funk Railroad. In 1985, Dizzy moved to Los Angeles, where a wild, rich musical scene was hitting its stride.
“It was the place to be. There were thousands of bands from all over the world, trying to be the next big thing. There was an incredible amount of energy and it was magic.”
While rehearsing in a Hollywood practice room, Dizzy befriended Axl Rose, and in 1990 he joined Guns N’ Roses on keys, percussion and backing vocals.
In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He has toured with the Psychedelic Furs and has recorded and written with supergroup The Dead Daisies. He also sings lead vocals with his side project, Hookers and Blow.
Dizzy is a father of four and lives with his New Zealand-born wife, Nadja, in Los Angeles. On surviving and flourishing in rocks ‘sharky’ waters, he says, “Never stop learning and exploring, but don’t forget what you do best. Stick to your guns.”