During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, former GN’R guitarist Gilby Clarke confirmed that he was invited to rejoin the fold back in 2016, at the beginning of the band’s ongoing semi-classic lineup reunion tour.
Were you surprised by the success of the GN’R reunion tour?
“Yes, definitely. 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.”
Do you still talk to any of the guys from Guns N’ Roses?
“I don’t really talk to ’em, although I actually saw everybody yesterday. They were rehearsing and I was getting my gear. We were at the same place.”
Clarke confirmed that his chance encounter with GN’R was a cordial one, adding:
“Oh, absolutely. I mean, I’m still cool with Axl; I’m still cool with everybody. I have no ill feelings or anything.”
Have they ever reached out to you about joining them on the ‘Not in This Lifetime’ tour?
“They did. Yeah, they did. When it first started, they did reach out to me to come and play.”
However, Gilby added he had to decline the offer, saying:
“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.
“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 [jam with GN’R].”
Asked if he’s still open to the idea of playing with GN’R again, Gilby replied:
“I have nothing against it. It’s just that didn’t work out for me.”