Ex-Guns N’ Roses Member ‘Hoped’ To Join Reunion, Refused To ‘Plead Case’

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Gilby Clarke discussed his hopes to join Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour in a new LA Weekly interview.

He hoped that he would be the second choice after Izzy for the rhythm guitar spot, but he isn’t at all disgruntled with the way things turned out.

“I didn’t feel I needed to make a phone call about it; I didn’t feel I needed to plead my case,” he says. “If it happens it happens, and if it doesn’t it doesn’t. It didn’t, and when it didn’t happen, I just went, ‘Uh, well, there it goes.’ I’m being honest about it. I have such good and fond memories from those years that I don’t need to relive it again.”

Clarke later discussed performing at Guns N’ Roses’ 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and not being part of the inducted lineup.

“From my point of view, I never really thought about it much, ever,” Clarke says. “I didn’t go through a process of pleading my case to be a part of the band. Not being inducted was definitely a bummer. To be a part of something and not be recognized for it. But deep down, I didn’t really care. It’s just another two lines on your Wikipedia page. Duff called me literally the day before and said, ‘We had a talk and we decided we’re going to play. We’d love for you to play with us.’ The only thing that was weird for me was when they went up to accept and I wasn’t there. I actually had to go somewhere else while they did that. That definitely felt weird.”