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Gilby Clarke
Born August 17, 1962 (1962-08-17) (age 47)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, Heavy metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano
Years active 1985–present
Labels Spitfire, Geffen, Steamhammer Records, MCA Records, Virgin Records
Associated acts Guns N' Roses, Rock Star Supernova, Heart, Slash's Snakepit, Kill For Thrills, Candy, Nancy Sinatra, MC5, Kathy Valentine
Website www.gilbyclarke.com
Notable instruments
Zemaitis Custom deluxe
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster

Gilby Clarke (born August 17, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American guitarist and record producer best known for a 3-year tenure as the rhythm guitarist of Guns N' Roses, replacing Izzy Stradlin in 1991 during the Use Your Illusion Tour. Following his departure from the group, Clarke went on to forge a solo career as well playing guitar with Slash's Snakepit, Rock Star Supernova, Heart, Nancy Sinatra, Kathy Valentine (of the Go-Go's), MC5 and forming his own group Rock Star Supernova with members of Metallica and Mötley Crüe.

Clarke's production work includes albums by L.A. Guns, Bullets and Octane, The Bronx and Vains of Jenna.

Contents

Biography

Early music career (1985-1991)

Gilby Clarke started his musical career during the first half of the Eighties, replacing Candy's original guitarist, Geoff "Rexx" Siegel. He left them to form Kill For Thrills, a metal band which released the EP Commercial Suicide and the LP Dynamite from Nightmareland and before eventually disbanding.

Guns N' Roses (1991-1994)

Following rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin's decision to abruptly quit the band,[1] citing a combination of Rose's personal behaviour (he would consistently delay the start of shows by hours at a time) and his mismanagement of the band[1] and difficulties being around Slash, Sorum, and McKagan due to his new-found sobriety and their continuing alcohol and substance addictions,[2] Clarke was chosen as his replacement. During many shows throughout the tour, Rose introduced Clarke and had him play "Wild Horses", a Rolling Stones cover with Slash.

He toured extensively with the band on the Use Your Illusion Tour between November of 1991 and 1993. On November 23, 1993, Guns N' Roses released a collection of punk and glam rock covers entitled "The Spaghetti Incident?" where many of the tracks were recorded with original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin during the Use Your Illusion I and II sessions and then were later re-recorded by Clarke.[3] Clarke's only other appearances on a Guns N' Roses release would be on the live and compilation albums Live Era: '87-'93 and Greatest Hits.

Solo career (1994-2006)

In 1994, he released his debut solo album Pawnshop Guitars which featured contributions from several of his friends including all the then members of Guns N' Roses. It went gold in Argentina.

Since then he has released another three solo albums, The Hangover, Rubber and 2002's Swag as well as the live album 99 Live.

He formed the band Col. Parker with ex-Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom and former touring additional GN'R keybordist Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, releasing the album Rock N Roll Music in 2001.

In addition, he made a guest appearance on the L.A. Guns album Shrinking Violet, which he also produced. Clarke also produced The Bronx's self-titled album released in 2003 and Girlsplayboys debut album From Ritual to Romance in 2006.

In 2002 Clarke worked with Nancy Sinatra on her album California Girl and a year later joined Heart on their national tour.

In 2006, Clarke embarked on a solo tour across America and Europe before joining former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist Lukas Rossi in the band Rock Star Supernova.

In 2007 he released a best of album featuring tracks from all of his solo albums as well as two songs from the Col. Parker project and a re-recording of the song "Black", featuring vocals by Rock Star: Supernova runner-up Dilana.

Slash's Snakepit (1995)

Following the end of the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash began recording demos of material that he had written during the tour, at his home studio with bandmate Matt Sorum. Clarke and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez soon started to come around to jam with them. They eventually recorded twelve demo songs.[4] Eric Dover, live guitarist for Jellyfish, successfully auditioned to become the group's singer. Slash and Dover wrote the lyrics for all the tracks, except "Monkey Chow" which was contributed by Clarke and "Jizz da Pit" which is an instrumental written by both Slash and Inez. The album was released by Geffen Records in February 1995 [5] chartiing at #70 on the Billboard 200.[6] For the tour in support of the album, James LoMenzo and Brian Tichy, both members of Zakk Wylde's solo band, joined the band to replace Inez and Sorum who could not tour with the group due to other commitments.[4] With Guns N' Roses regrouping to record a new album, Snakepit disbanded with Clarke resuming his solo career, releasing his second album The Hangover in 1997.

Rockstar: Supernova (2006-Present)

In 2006, Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee, formed Supernova with Clarke on guitars and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. The band used the TV show Rockstar to find a new lead singer. Lukas Rossi was chosen as their lead singer (although several fans have believed Toby Rand was his favorite.)

The name Supernova however was already taken; another band from California was touring with the name before the Clarke incarnation. On June 26, 2006, the latter band filed a federal lawsuit.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2006, San Diego Judge John Houston ruled in favor of the original Supernova, granting their request for a preliminary injunction. The injunction keeps the producers of "Rock Star: Supernova" — which concluded September 13 as a television show, but will continue as a recording, touring, and merchandise entity for some time to follow — from "performing rock and roll music, or recording, or selling rock and roll music recordings under the same name, pending a trial of this action on its merits, or until otherwise ordered by the court." As such, the band has renamed itself as Rock Star Supernova, for the moment at least.

He produced a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" on Rockstar: Supernova runner-up Dilana Robichaux's 2007 album, also released as a single on digital download websites.

In July 2008 Gilby Clarke played at the G-TARanaki Guitar Festival in New Zealand. His solo band included bassist Muddy Stardust and drummer Muddy Stardust. He then toured North America as part of the Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp.

Discography

Albums and EPs

Solo
With Candy
  • Whatever Happened To Fun (1985)
  • Teenage Neon Jungle (2003)
With Kill For Thrills
  • Commercial Suicide (1988)
  • Dynamite From Nightmareland (1989)
With Guns N' Roses
With Slash's Snakepit
With Col. Parker
  • Rock N Roll Music (2001)
With Nancy Sinatra
  • California Girl (2002)
With Rock Star Supernova

References

  1. ^ a b Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 344
  2. ^ Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 337
  3. ^ Guns N' Roses :: Recording Sessions
  4. ^ a b Slash; Anthony Bozza, (2007). Slash. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0 00-725775-1. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( It's Five O'Clock Somewhere > Review )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:rnj9kentkq7v~T1. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - Slash's Snakepit". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/album/slash-s-snakepit/it-s-five-o-clock-somewhere/169442#/album/slash-s-snakepit/it-s-five-o-clock-somewhere/169442. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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Preceded by
Izzy Stradlin
Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist
1991-1994
Succeeded by
Paul Tobias







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