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.