Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke revealed his role models during a recent interview with Guitar World.
Gilby is a famous musician in the rock scene and has collaborated with lots of musicians. He played with Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Nancy Sinatra, and many more. Nevertheless, it took him some time to find his true inspiration.
In the conversation, the guitarist revealed that he started to play KISS, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin when he first touched the guitar. However, everything changed for him when his girlfriend introduced him to the Clash.
After listening to the Clash, Gilby started to go backward and listen to classic bands such as The Pretenders and Generation X. Then, he met David Bowie as well as T. Rex. Even though Clarke listened to many musicians and bands, he mentioned that Jimmy Page and Rick Derringer were two of his biggest inspirations ‘guitar-wise.’
“Where would you say you’re coming from as a guitarist?”
Gilby Clarke paid his respect to Jimmy and Rick in his response:
“When I started, it was Kiss, Aerosmith and Zeppelin. After that I had an English girlfriend who turned me on to the Clash – and everything changed.
I started going backwards from there to the Pretenders and Generation X, right back to David Bowie and T. Rex. Jimmy Page and Rick Derringer were the two biggest guys for me, guitar-wise.“
Later in the conversation, Gilby Clarke also talked about how rock n’ roll has affected his life and stated that he feels younger compared to his elders, even though he needs to dye his hair.