The Story Of Why Michael Jackson Sent A Private Jet To Guns N’ Roses Members Slash And Gilby Clarke
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke explained the reason why Michael Jackson sent a private jet to him and the band’s guitarist Slash for his new song in an interview on ‘Scars and Guitars’ podcast.
‘Give in to Me‘ is the tenth track of Jackson’s eight studio album ‘Dangerous’ which is a hard rock ballad featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The music video of the song was shot as a live-action concert performance on June 22, 1992, in Munich.
Clarke told the story of his and Slash’s being involved in Michael Jackson’s ‘Give in to Me’ music video and shared his excitement about performing with him on the podcast. When they were in Europe for the tour, Michael Jackson called Slash and wanted him to form a band for his music video.
So, Michael Jackson sent a private jet to get Guns N’ Roses guitarists Slash, Gilby Clarke, and touring keyboardist Teddy Zig Zag Andreadis, Living Colour bassist Muzz Skillings and drummer Tony Thompson to join him for the clip of ‘Give in to Me.’ They performed a mini-concert in front of the live audience while pretending to play the instruments.
Here’s what he said:
“Slash, Teddy, and I were on tour with Guns in Europe, and Michael was in Europe, and he said, ‘We’re gonna do the video for the song.’ So he called Slash, and he goes, ‘Put a band together.’ And there was a moment when we actually were gonna do a mini-concert when we did that, so it was in front of a live audience. He asked myself and Teddy; Teddy had been playing keys in Guns N’ Roses and stuff. Michael sent a private jet, and we went to Germany and we did it.”
He went on:
“What I remember is we’re standing on stage. It was Muzz from Living Colour and Tony Thompson on drums. And we actually had our amps plugged up, and we were jamming a little bit and stuff. We actually weren’t even playing that song; we were just jamming a little bit. And there was an audience — a real live audience. And Michael walks on stage, and the place just went — you hear that Beatles scream, that [shriek] that’s just so deafening. And Michael came up to me, and he goes, ‘What are they screaming at?’ in this almost childish voice. And I was looking at him like this: ‘Eh, ’cause you’re Michael Jackson.’ I couldn’t believe he didn’t get it. But he looked like he didn’t know why these people were screaming at him. But it was a really fun experience. I’m so happy that Slash asked us to be a part of it.”
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