Gilby Clarke 1/18/21

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke shed offered up the backstory as to how he was shut out of the band’s current chapter, which features Axl Rose reunited with Slash and Duff McKagan.

Blabbermouth transcribed Clarke’s explanation during his recent appearance on The SDR Show: “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 Clarke told us that no matter what, he’ll always be old school when it comes to his listening tastes: [“Maybe I’m narrow-minded, I don’t know — but to me it just seems that that music had so much more soul and their experimentation, it just really went somewhere. I hear the slop on the records and I love it. I love the mistakes, I love hearing human beings sitting in a room and playing together, and, like, you can hear that on those records. And, on these records today it just sounds the same and there’s just a way of doing it and everybody just follows it.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . just follows it)

Gilby Clarke’s latest solo album, titled The Gospel Truth, is set for release sometime this year.


  • Gilby Clarke told The SDR Show that he was never actually invited to join the ongoing Guns N’ Roses reunion — but was asked to make a guest appearance, which he couldn’t make due to his daughter’s band performing at Lolapalooza. The Guns management never called again.


  • Gilby Clarke joined Guns N’ Roses in 1991, replacing co-founder Izzy Stradlin during the band’s Use Your Illusion tour.
  • Clarke appeared on the band’s Spaghetti IncidentLive Era ’88-’91 and The Greatest Hits albums.
  • He currently splits his time between his solo career and Kings Of Chaos led by Matt Sorum and an all-star alumni that has featured Steven TylerJoe Elliot, and Gene Simmons.