Despite not being a member of the classic Appetite For Destruction-era lineup himself, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has weighed in on the band’s big reunion tour, saying he’s got a beef with people calling it a “reunion”.
As Blabbermouth reports, the axeman says, “The reunion that happened is really just Axl, Slash and Duff. Basically Slash and Duff have joined Axl’s band. So I don’t know if you can really call it a reunion,” pretty much summing up the collective mindset of a great many GNR fans across the globe.
But Clarke reckons that a full reunion of potentially both the classic Appetite era and Use Your Illusion lineups ~will~ happen eventually.
Gilby replaced the band’s classic era rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin in ’91, and performed in Australia when Gunners were at the peak of their powers, during the notorious Use Your Illusion tour of 1993 (alongside fellow ring-in Matt Sorum on drums).
“Myself, Matt Sorum, Izzy – it didn’t happen as a reunion for all of us to join. I think if the time was right and the situation was right, everybody would come back and do it,” Clarke says, adding that all of the musicians are currently on good terms.
“First of all, everybody gets along great and stuff. It’s great music. Guns N’ Roses is a great band and has a great legacy.
“I think everybody wants to see it done right. And when it’s time, we’ll do it.”
With a bit of luck, that’ll happen when #GnFnR bring their Not In This Lifetime Tour to Australia next February (Chinese Democracy era members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer are currently rounding out the group’s touring lineup).
Appetite-era drummer Steven Adler has already returned to perform with his old bandmates on three of their reunion tour dates so far, so we’ll see what happens next.
Watch: Guns N’ Roses Live In Tokyo 1992 – Full Concert