Speaking in a recent interview with Eddie Trunk’s SiriusXM Trunk Nation show, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has revealed the main reason he wasn’t part of the GN’R reunion.
Here’s the statement and interesting reason:
“When it first started, they did reach out to me to come and play, I’ve 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, which as 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 [Guns N’ Roses].”
He also said that he was very surprised by the massive success of GNR reunion tour. Here’s the statement:
“Definitely, I was surprised. I mean, to this level. 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.”
Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour, and stayed with the band for three years.
You can listen to the entire interview below.