Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gibly Clarke spoke in an interview with IndiePower and revealed his interesting conversation with solo guitarist Slash.
He also revealed that what Izzy Stradlin thinks about Guns N’ Roses reunion. He said:
“I heard the same thing everybody else heard (on GN’R reunion). I didn’t have any in, really. I had heard that Izzy [Stradlin] was unhappy. Josh Richman was working with the band at the time. Joshwas an old friend of mine, and I called Josh because I didn’t have Slash’s phone number… I called Josh and go, ‘What’s going on out there?’ He goes, ‘We don’t really know what’s happening.
We don’t know if Izzy’s gone for good or what’s happening, but they are looking for a guitar player. You know what? I’m going to give Slash your number.’ He did, and I got a call from Slash that night. He said, ‘Hey, man. We’re looking for a guitar player. Will you come down and play?‘ At that time, the ‘[Use Your] Illusion’ records weren’t out yet. They were just about to come out.
They had already started to do a little bit of pre-touring on it, but the records weren’t out. He said, ‘Just learn three songs and come down tomorrow’… I actually played with them for three days and probably played six songs total. He said, ‘All right, we’ll let you know.’ The next week, he called me.
Sitting in my living room, MTV’s on in the background with no music on. I was on the phone with Ryan Roxie, and I look up and I go, ‘Ryan, my picture’s on the TV right now.’ The next thing you know, I got a [call waiting] click, and it was Slash. He goes, ‘Hey, man. You got the gig. We’re leaving next week. Learn the whole catalog.'”
On his first days with band:
“They were extremely respectful — Axl was incredibly respectful to me — but it’s not like they didn’t treat me like a bandmember or did.
I think they were just cautious, because there probably was a chance that Izzy was going to come back. The difference between me [joining] and when the guys started the band [was], I knew what I was getting into.
I knew the band’s reputation. I knew that things could end tomorrow. I even said to myself, ‘I’m not going to try to be Izzy. I’m going to just be myself. If they accept me for who I am, then great — it’s all icing on the cake.'”
You can watch the entire interview from below.