Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES Guitarist GILBY CLARKE Announces Weekly Hollywood Residency
Every Wednesday starting February 23, former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke will perform live at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood, California. Joining Gilby in his band, dubbed GILBY CLARKE & THE KEEF RICHARDS, will be bassist Sean McNabb (GREAT WHITE, DOKKEN), drummer Jimmy D’Anda (BULLETBOYS, LYNCH MOB) and keyboardist Teddy «Zig Zag» Andreadis (GUNS N’ ROSES, ALICE COOPER). Drummer Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP, JOHN FOGERTY, CHICKENFOOT) will join GILBY CLARKE & THE KEEF RICHARDS on March 9 and March 16.
Clarke replaced Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the «Use Your Illusion» tour, and 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.
Clarke, along with fellow GUNS N’ ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, played three «Appetite For Destruction» songs with Myles Kennedy at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, although Gilby himself was not inducted as part of the group. Kennedy, who handles lead vocals in Slash‘s solo band and ALTER BRIDGE, sang «Mr. Brownstone», «Sweet Child O’ Mine» and «Paradise City», with «Use Your Illusion»-era member Sorum sitting behind the drum kit on «Brownstone» and the man he replaced in GN’R, Adler, pounding the skins for the other two songs.
A year ago, Clarke addressed his non-participation in GUNS N’ ROSES‘ reunion tour, which features three-fifths of the group’s classic lineup — singer Axl Rose, Slash and McKagan — during an interview with «The SDR Show». He said: «They didn’t ask me to join the band; they asked me to come out and do [a guest appearance] with the band. And it just happened to be the day that I was in Chicago with my daughter. Her band was playing Lollapalooza [in July 2016]. And I’m actually her roadie. I don’t think anybody would know how to tune the guitar if I wasn’t there. Just kidding. But, yeah, it was just bad timing. I just said, ‘Look, I think it’s a great idea. I’m up for it. I just can’t do it today.’ And they literally asked me that day. And I never heard back from them after I said that.»
Gilby also confirmed that he only had a week to learn the entire GUNS catalog when he first joined the band three decades ago. «That’s true,» he said. «They told me on a Monday, that ‘You have the gig,’ and the next week we were flying to Boston for our first show. And I literally had a week. And remember, this is before YouTube. I was glued to their records with the headphones on, trying to learn the catalog. And the last song I learned was a song called ‘Estranged’, which was a really long ballad piece. And if you listen to it, it’s kind of one-dimensional guitar-wise — it really just features Slash. So I was listening to it, and I really couldn’t figure out what I should do in that song. So I went to Dizzy [Reed, GUNS keyboardist]. I go, ‘Hey, man, can you sit down with me, and let’s work on ‘Estranged’.’ I go, ‘I just wanna kind of figure it out.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, well, here’s the music book.’ And he handed me the music book. And I went, ‘There’s a music book? I just spent a week learning every note by ear when I could have just grabbed the freakin’ music book…’ I mean, I read charts — it would have taken me an hour. I was a little pissed off that I didn’t ask. They could have offered it to me.»
Clarke‘s new solo album, «The Gospel Truth», was released in April 2021 via Golden Robot Records.
Gilby released his solo debut, «Pawnshop Guitars», in 1994.