Gilby Clarke Reveals How Things Went Down At Rock Hall
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke revealed his “wow” moment during the band’s induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame back in 2012.
Up until the very last moment it wasn’t clear who would show up, if any would appear.
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Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke told Misplaced Straws
“I did not even know Guns N’ Roses was up for the Hall of Fame … until maybe a couple months before the actual induction ceremony,”
Clarke revealed he felt hurt after not being inducted himself telling the same interviewer:
“When I found out how it went down and all that stuff, I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m feeling a little left out here.’ It did bum me out.”
“So, Duff called me a couple of days before [and] he said, ‘Hey, we’re going to play at the Hall of Fame. We’d love for you to play with us.’ Before I even thought about it, I said yes.”
“The only time it ever really felt weird was there was a moment when the guys went out to make their acceptance speech,” he said, “and they basically herded them to a stage and me and Myles to a tiny little corner. I kind of went, ‘Wow, okay.’ It just did feel bad.”
Clarke would claim that the band didn’t decide to perform together online until hours before the ceremony.
“There was a lot of weirdness over it at that time,”
“We didn’t have any techs with us … it was a rented backline. … Basically, there were three Marshall heads; Slash grabbed one, and I grabbed one. When we went to play and they introduced Guns N’ Roses, literally the song we played, my part came in first. … I heard [something] and my amp – I’m not joking – went up in smoke. Mike, who is Duff’s guitar player, was standing next to me, and we looked at each other like this: ‘That was smoke, right?’”
“You can hear, I think, Steven starting the song, and you can hear me in the back trying to get a sound. I mean, that was, like, so Guns N’ Roses!”