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Gilby Clarke

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Gilby Clarke is a guitarist who was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 17, 1962. He has been a guitarist for various bands, most famously as the rhythm guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.

In the early 80’s, Gilby was a member of the pop band Candy which recorded the album “Whatever Happened To Fun.” He left the band sometime in the mid 80’s to form the metal band Kill for Thrills as lead singer and rhythm guitarist, while the rest of Candy went on to turn into Electric Angels. Kill For Thrills recorded an EP (“Commercial Suicide”) and LP (“Nightmare In Dynamiteland”) before Gilby got the call to replace Izzy Stradlin as rhythm guitarist in Guns N’ Roses in November of 1991.


Gilby finished the huge Use Your Illusion tour with Guns N’ Roses as well as recording the covers album “The Spaghetti Incident?” with the band. In 1994, Gilby released his first solo album “Pawnshop Guitars,” which featured guest appearances from every member of Guns N’ Roses at the time. Right before Guns N’ Roses went in to record a cover of The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil,” Axl Rose fired Clarke from the band, replacing him with Paul Tobias.

Gilby joined Slash’s side project Slash’s Snakepit and recorded the album “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with them in 1995, as well as touring in support for them. Gilby Clarke went on to release three more solo albums 1997’s “The Hangover,” 1998’s “Rubber,” and 2002’s “Swag,” as well as a live album in 1999 called “99 Live.”

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