Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke turned down reunion tour offer

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has revealed that he turned down an offer to join his former band on their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.

"When it first started, they did reach out to me to come and play," Clarke told Eddie Trunk during a recent appearance on his SiriusXM program (hear interview audio below). “I have said that they did ask me before, I've never said why I didn't do it.

“The real reason is, they asked me, but you know my daughter Frankie has a band [Frankie + The Studs], they asked me the same day my daughter's band was playing Lollapalooza [in July 2016], which was like the biggest break for her band and stuff. It was the same day they were playing Lollapalooza and I had to be there, and I couldn't really give that up to go be the third guitar player in the band."

Clarke was in the lineup from 1991 through 1994 and appeared on their fifth album, 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”

As for a future appearance on Guns N’ Roses reunion run, the guitarist says: "I have nothing against it," adding his original offer "just didn't work out for me."

The day before his SiriusXM appearance, Clarke just happened to cross paths with his former bandmates.

"I don't really talk to 'em, although I actually saw everybody yesterday,” explains the rocker. “They were rehearsing and I was getting my gear. We were at the same place."

Clarke says things went well during his chance encounter.

"Oh, absolutely," he recalls. "I mean, I'm still cool with Axl; I'm still cool with everybody. I have no ill feelings or anything."

Guns N’ Roses will resume the reunion tour with an appearance at the Mother Of All Rock-Fest in Monterrey, Mexico on November 3 before playing a series of shows in the Far East and the United Arab Emirates, and their first-ever concert in the state of Hawaii at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on December 8.

See also:

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Guns N’ Roses announce first-ever concert in Hawaii
VIDEO: Slash streams live performance of Driving Rain
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