The recent and continuing Guns N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime” tour has seen original band members, Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose reunite to great success. News has now come out that another former member, guitarist Gilby Clarke, was also asked to join the band.
Clarke, speaking on “Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill,” said that the offer was made to him, but that he had to turn it down – for a good reason. Clarke said, “They did reach out to me to come and play, but my daughter, Frankie, has a band [Frankie + The Studs], and Guns asked me the same day my daughter’s band was playing Lollapalooza (in July 2016), which was like the biggest break for her band. I had to go see my daughter and I couldn’t really give that up to go jam with GN’R.”
Clarke’s history with GN’R is notable: he was the replacement for founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the band’s lineup
p in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour. Clarke stayed with the band for three years. After exiting Guns N’ Roses, Clarke continued as a producer and solo artist, while also playing in Slash’s Snakepit, Rock Star Supernova, Heart and other acts.
During the radio interview, he was asked about his current relationship with the band members. Clarke replied, “I don’t really talk to ’em, although I actually saw everybody yesterday. They were rehearsing and I was getting my gear. We were at the same place,” he added, “I’m still cool with Axl; I’m still cool with everybody. I have no ill feelings or anything.”
The fact that he has maintained a cordial relationship with the band members has left Clarke open to the idea of playing with Guns N’ Roses again. To this point, he said, “I have nothing against it. It just didn’t work out for me when they asked.”
“Not In This Lifetime” has turned out to be a massive worldwide success for GN’R. This fact hasn’t been lost on Clarke: “I think we all expected great things, I think we all thought that they were gonna sell out everywhere, but, to be honest, I didn’t think that it would last this long and do this well; I definitely didn’t expect that type of success.”
The last time Clarke appeared with GN’R members was at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April 2012 in Cleveland, OH. Along with Slash, McKagan, and former GN’R drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, Clarke performed three ‘Appetite For Destruction’ songs with Myles Kennedy. Kennedy, who handles lead vocals in Slash’s solo band and Alter Bridge, sang “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City.”
Clarke has spent the last few years working on a new solo album that will reportedly feature guest appearances by drummers Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) along with members of Clarke‘s solo band, EJ Curse (bass/vocals) and Troy Patrick Farrell (drums/vocals). There is no information on a release date.