Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke shed offered up the backstory as to how he was shut out of the band's current chapter, which features Axl Rose reunited with Slash and Duff McKagan.
Blabbermouth transcribed Clarke's explanation during his recent appearance on The SDR Show: “They didn't ask me to join the band; they asked me to come out and do (a guest appearance) with the band. And it just happened to be the day that I was in Chicago with my daughter. Her band was playing Lollapalooza (in July 2016). And I'm actually her roadie. I don't think anybody would know how to tune the guitar if I wasn't there. Just kidding. But, yeah, it was just bad timing. I just said, 'Look, I think it's a great idea. I'm up for it. I just can't do it today.' And they literally asked me that day. And I never heard back from them after I said that.”
Gilby Clarke told us that no matter what, he'll always be old school when it comes to his listening tastes: “Maybe I'm narrow-minded, I don't know — but to me it just seems that that music had so much more soul and their experimentation, it just really went somewhere. I hear the slop on the records and I love it. I love the mistakes, I love hearing human beings sitting in a room and playing together, and, like, you can hear that on those records. And, on these records today it just sounds the same and there's just a way of doing it and everybody just follows it.”