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2021.06.29 - Aftershocks TV - Interview with Gilby

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Post by Blackstar Fri Jul 09, 2021 1:22 pm



Excerpt from Ultimate Guitar:
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During an appearance on Aftershocks TV, Gilby Clarke looked back on his 1991-1994 tenure in Guns N' Roses, remembering what it was like to replace Izzy Stradlin.

Gilby said:

"Even when I got the Guns N' Roses gig, I, in the beginning, kind of thought that I was just stepping in for Izzy. I don't think they really knew if Izzy was gonna be back or whatever.

"I kind of thought I was just stepping in and being a hired gun. But it was important to the band that I was a band member.

"Some of 'em may say differently now because it's convenient, but at that time, if you look in the tour books, the replacement member doesn't get pages of pictures and stuff.

"I was represented as a band member - on the records, on the tour programs, everything. That's something they made the choice of. I mean, I was happy to be both - it was such a great gig at the time.

"The thing about being the band member is - it's a lot of responsibility. You get the successes, but you get the failures. You get the other decisions of the business we don't all talk about - the lawyers, the agents, all that stuff that comes with it.

"So sometimes, after you've done it a few times, you have the luxury to say, 'I just wanna be the side guy. Just pay me. This is what I want. If you pay me what I want, I'm gonna shut my mouth and I'm gonna play guitar.'

"And I have done that because sometimes you respect the artist and you wanna do that. You go, 'You know what? Their ship is running straight. Let 'em do their thing. I'll just play guitar and contribute.'

"But sometimes you do wanna be part of that success; what you brought to the table is important.

"I'll never forget, even in the GN'R years, I have never had more lawyers - ever! - than when I was in that band. I used to say, 'Why do I have three lawyers on retainer to play guitar in a rock and roll band? I just play guitar. I don't even open my mouth.' [Laughs]

"So, what I'm saying is a lot of responsibility comes with that - if you are the band guy, and some guys get to a point where they go, 'Just pay me. The ship is running straight. You don't need me. I'll do my job, but you don't need my opinion about the other stuff.'"

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