What Was The Thing Guns N’ Roses Did Like The Rolling Stones, Gilby Clarke Explains


Former Guns N’ Roses rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke opened up about the guitar style of the band during an interview with Tone-Talk and revealed that Guns N’ Roses has a similar attitude to the Rolling Stones when it comes to combining the lead guitar and the rhythm guitar.

As many of you know, Gilby Clarke started to work with Guns N’ Roses as the band’s rhythm guitarist after Izzy Stradlin’s decision to leave the band during ‘Use Your Illusion Tour’ back in 1991. Clarke performed for the rest of the concerts of the tour which lasted until 1993 and he also re-recorded the songs in the band’s fifth studio album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’

During a recent interview, the legendary rhythm guitarist opened up about the time when he was performing with the iconic guitarist Steve Stevens and asked him how he would like him to play. Seemingly, Stevens showed the exact same thing he was playing and wanted Clarke to play the same.

Apparently, it’s not the playing style Gilby Clarke is used to since he always played with two individual guitar sounds when he was performing with Gund N’ Roses, the ultimate goal was to strengthen the lead guitar which is quite similar to the way the Rolling Stones played, according to Clarke, there is a similarity between the two iconic bands on this matter.

Here is what Clarke said:

“I’ll tell you a quick one, it’s interesting – doing Kings of Chaos with Steve Stevens, or Royal Machines with him, for the longest time we were doing ‘Rebel Yell,’ and I kind of did my version of it. So one day I asked him – I go, ‘What do you want me to play?’ And he showed me. I go, ‘Wait, isn’t that what you’re playing?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want you to play.’

Whereas I’m used to when there are two guitars, we’re both doing different, it’s like a Stones kind of thing – you do that, if you’re the lead player Slash, I’m gonna accentuate what you’re doing. But it’s interesting with Steve, he just wanted one big guitar, his part was the song.”

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