Former Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Sees a Full Classic Reunion On the Horizon

by Alisha Jackson

For the Guns N’ Roses purists who don’t consider Slash, Axl, and Duff plus new members a true “reunion”, former guitarist Gilby Clarke has some potentially good news.

Gilby himself wasn’t with the band in the very beginning, as he didn’t replace Izzy Stradlin until 1991, but he still considers himself an “original” member. “The reunion that happened is really just Axl, Slash and Duff [McKagan],” Gilby said at the Pistons & Pin-Ups Car Show N’ Concert (via Blabbermouth). “Basically, Slash and Duff have joined Axl’s band,” he added, “so I don’t know if you can really call it a reunion.”

“So, myself, Matt [Sorum], Izzy [Stradlin]… it didn’t happen as a reunion for all of us to join. So I think if the time was right and the situation was right, I think everybody would come back and do it,” he said. Matt Sorum wasn’t the band’s original drummer either, but perhaps Gilby didn’t mention Steven Adler because he did end up reuniting with the band for three shows on the Not In This Lifetime… tour.

“Look, first of all, everybody gets along great and stuff; it’s great music; Guns N’ Roses is a great band and has a great legacy,” Gilby said. “I think everybody just wants to see it done right. And when it’s time, we’ll do it.”

It would be amazing to see a truly classic Guns N’ Roses reunion tour featuring all of the key players from the height of the band’s fame, but it just doesn’t seem realistic to us. Even if the band’s current drummer Frank Ferrer gave up his drumming duties to Steven Adler, Adler would still have to share his paycheck spotlight with Matt Sorum. The same thing would happen with current guitarist Richard Fortus, original guitarist Izzy Stradlin, and his replacement Gilby Clarke.

But hey, we never thought we’d see Axl and Slash bury the hatchet, so anything’s possible!

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