Gilby Clarke Explains How Working With Michael Jackson and Chester Bennington Was Like

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Guns N’ Roses‘ former rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke appeared on Audio Ink Radio and talked about his career during the 90s and shared his experience of working alongside pop legend Michael Jackson and the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.

Singer and songwriter Gilby Clarke took part in Guns N’ Roses for three years in the 90s taking the place of the bass guitarist Izzy Stradlin and toured with the band during Use Your Illusion Tour. After parting ways with Guns N’ Roses Clarke continued his musical career solo.

During his solo career Clarke did collaborations with legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. The guitarist collaborated with Michael Jackson along with other rock figures for his tenth track ‘Give In to Me‘, which considered a hard rock ballad. In his interview, he added that Michael Jackson was a kind soul.

Aside from Jackson, he also did many shows with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington months before he passed away. When asked about which of the losses they had in the music world shocked him the most, he answered Jackson and Bennington saying that he was upbeat and positive all the time.

Check out how he answered the question:

“Wow, that’s an interesting question. I’m gonna say which one surprised me because some of them didn’t really surprise me, but I gotta say, in all honesty, Michael Jackson really kind of took me. Because I worked with Michael Jackson, I didn’t work with him the way Slash worked with him, but he was such a kind soul.

I know he had problems, we all have problems, but sometimes people make mistakes, and that one kind of hit home for me, that was really sad.

Chester [Bennington]! We just played shows with Chester just a month or two before that, he always was such an upbeat person. Chester that I knew just had such a great positive, strong, healthy vibe – so that one was… Look, there’s so many, they all hit hard.”

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