There’s not many who can claim membership within two of the most life-altering and influential rock ’n’ roll outfits to ever exist on the planet, but guitarist Gilby Clarke ticks that box having played in both Guns N’ Roses and The MC5.
It’s The Gospel Truth, and coincidently, that’s the name of his new solo album out on 3rd April, through Golden Robot Records And those on the album prove themselves no slouches with appearances from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, and drummers Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Chickennfoot) and Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyro, Infectious Grooves).
The album has already spawned three singles in ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’, ‘Tightwad’ and title track ‘The Gospel Truth’, that’s about the concept of truth today. Here, on the video below, Mr Clarke tells you a little about what to expect on the album…
Dripping with fist-pumping rock ‘n’ roll songs with fat choruses, bluesy licks through loud guitars, listeners will discover Gilby continues his old school mash-up of Keef, Johnny Thunders, and B.B. King, having done so since he hit Hollywood as a young punk when he was 17.
Playing in a slew of bands since then, and gracing TV screens on the widely watched rock reality show Rockstar: Supernova, Clarke currently splits his time between his own solo act and playing with the all-star alumni Kings of Chaos (that’s featured the likes of Matt Sorum, Steven Tyler, Joe Elliot and Gene Simmons too).
Before joining the Guns N’ Roses circus, Gilby was Kim Fowley’s go-to session guitarist and ghost writer. After playing with Hollywood bands Candy and Kill For Thrills, a late-night call from Slash changed everything. Gilby joined Guns in ’91.
He appeared on the band’s Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 and The Greatest Hits albums. And that’s not forgetting all those years he spent on the Use Your Illusion tour in the 90s.
After Guns imploded, armed only with his Les Paul, Gilby went back and launched his solo career, receiving critical winks for his albums Pawnshop Guitars, The Hangover, Rubber, 99 Liveand Swag. Recording and/or touring over the lean years with Nancy Sinatra, Heart, The MC5 and his old bandmate in Slash’s Snakepit.
Now, The Gospel Truth is due, and you can pre-order it here.