Guns N’ Roses Guitarist and Norwegian Artist Cooperates on New Album

In 2008, Norwegian artist Lasse Kvernmo from Karasjok sent some of his songs to Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus’ website. He followed up with an immediate response.

– I fell for his strong song material. I decided that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I receive many demos, and this is really the first time I say yes to this kind of cooperation, Richard Fortus tells Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Since 2002 he has played in Guns N’ Roses but recently, he took a break and went to Tromsø to prepare the first single release with Lasse Kvernmo.

On October 2nd, their single ‘Goodbye’ from the debut album ’Iron Curtain’ was released. All recordings are made in the U.S. by Ben Grosse as producer. Grosse has produced albums for Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, Madonna and more.

– The songs are expressive and emotive. Typical American radio music, Fortus continues.

The music project is named Sáivu – which is a word from Sami mythology. Sáivu is regarded as a haunt for dead ancestors where everything is bigger, more beautiful and better than in the living world.

The music genre, however, is hard rock. Artist Lasse Kvernmo is hoping for an international audience and breakthrough.

Richard Fortus has visited Norway several times with both Guns N ‘Roses and his Norwegian companion and he thinks Tromsø is a very inspiring place to work. In 2010, during the Midnight Rock Festival in Lakselv, he and Kvernmo held a concert and played some of the song material.

– The nature, the light and the people – it’s been great, Fortus tells NRK. He also got to experience the Northern Lights during his visit. – It was unbelievable, unimaginable and unreal at the same time. Simply stunning, he continues.

Fortus does not preclude an even closer cooperation with the Norwegian artist. Next month, however, he is going on tour with Guns N’ Roses in the U.S.

– Right now, Sáivu is my main focus, the guitarist says and reveals that a new album from Guns N’ Roses is under construction.

It only took one day from the song ‘Goodbye’ was released until it landed on the top-ten list on iTunes.


Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews

Source: NRK

Photos from top: NRK, Finnmark Dagblad

Categories: Culture, Music

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