Doug Goldstein, the former manager of the legendary band Guns N’ Roses, revealed the truth behind the story of how Gilby Clarke, former rhythm guitarist of the band, was fired and other members stood there and watch during an interview with Appetite for Distortion.
Gilby Clarke has joined Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and replaced Izzy Stradlin. After working with the band for three years, Clarke was fired and fans deducted that it was Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose who fired him since guitarist Slash stated that Rose fired Clarke without consulting other members in his autobiography named after him.
For many years, Guns N’ Roses fans and Gilby Clarke himself mainly blamed frontman Axl Rose since he was the one to threw Clarke out of the band and claimed himself as the only ‘hired hand.’
Yet during a recent interview, the former manager of the Guns N’ Roses, Doug Goldstein revealed the fact that while Axl Rose decided to kick Gilby Clarke out, other members, especially Slash and Duff McKagan, always stated that they will support him to stay yet none of them were stopped Rose from firing Clarke.
Here is what Goldstein said:
“The one thing I have to say is – Gilby still believes that Axl Rose was the bad guy who threw him out of the band, and all I can say is that Axl, from the beginning of Gilby being hired, said, ‘Once the tour’s over, guys, that’s it for Gilby because I want to take this in a different direction.’
And they all knew it, yet particularly Slash – and to a great extent Duff McKagan as well, were telling Gilby, ‘We’re going to keep you around, we’re going to keep you around, we’re going to keep you around.’
And Axl stayed consistent, ‘I’ve always said it, once it’s over – it’s over!’ And so, it was pretty unfair to Axl that he took the heat for shitcanning Gilby when that really wasn’t the case at all.”
“And maybe they really wanted Gilby to stay in the band, but they certainly weren’t very vocal about it to Axl at all.
They didn’t put it this way, they didn’t stick up for Gilby when it came time for Axl to say, ‘That’s it, we got to go in a different direction.’ There was no conversation about, ‘But, wait, we love him and he’s got to be here.’ None of that.“
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