Axl Rose ‘Rejected’ New Guns N’ Roses Songs


Gilby Clarke revealed that Axl Rose rejected new Guns N’ Roses songs from himself and Slash in the 90’s.

The interviewer on Scars & Guitars podcast asked, “Did you bring songs into Guns that were considered for what might have been a new album in the ’90s?”

Clarke responded, “Oh yeah, my first record, [1994’s] ‘Pawnshop Guitars,’ I brought all those songs to Guns when we were talking about a record.

“And Slash brought in the whole Snakepit record [1995’s ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’] as songs for Guns.

“We’ll never really know what Axl really thinks, but it wasn’t the direction he wanted to go in. Then you hear [2008’s] ‘Chinese Democracy,’ you can understand why it wasn’t that, it was this.”

He also discussed his strengths as a performer, “I think if I ever had to, like, correct a misconception – when I got the Guns gig, which is probably – definitely – one of the biggest steps I’ve had in my career, people perceived me as a rhythm guitar player because I play rhythm in Guns.

“But that’s the first time I actually really worked with another guitar player – with Guns. And look, I’ll be the first to say, I’m no Slash, but I was never just a rhythm guitar player.

“It’s something that happened from that, which I don’t mind, I enjoy it. Rhythm is 95% of the song, but I think it’s a big misconception that the guys that are a rhythm guitar player in a band, that’s all they do.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his remarks.