Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus conceded to Greg Barr of the Houston Press that he never bought any G N’ R albums the first time around, nor did he care to see the band perform. “The kind of metal I associated them with at the time, well, I was vehemently opposed to it,” he says. But the chance to play with Robin Finck and Buckethead, and the big nice paycheck, has apparently helped ease the pain. “I had decided to pretty much stay out [in California] and do my own stuff because there usually isn’t any money in touring. At the same time I didn’t like the idea of painting myself into a corner and never going out. But I’ll tell you, the money on this one was too good to turn down,” says Fortus, who adds that ‘Chinese Democracy’ will be a lot better than people think when and if it drops. In fact, he says there are already enough songs in the can for three albums.