Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke and acclaimed drummer Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT) performed at the 25th weekly "Soundcheck Live" on September 7 at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California.
The first set of the evening consisted of the an all-star jam while the night's second set featured Clarke as the curator choosing the songs and bringing along his personally selected special guests.
Gilby played many of the songs that influenced him, including THE BEATLES' "Get Back", THE ROLLING STONES' "Dead Flowers" (which Clarke previously covered on his debut solo album, "Pawnshop Guitars"), David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (which has been famously covered by GUNS N' ROSES), CHEAP TRICK's "Dream Police" and THE WHO's "Won't Get Fooled Again". He also performed his solo track "Tijuana Jail".
Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the "Use Your Illusion" tour, and stayed with the band for three years.
He has continued as a producer and solo artist since then, while also playing in ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART and other acts.
Clarke reunited with GUNS members Slash, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan at the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 14, 2012, although he himself was not inducted as part of the band.
Gilby is currently recording a new solo album that will feature guest appearances by drummers Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION) and Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY) along with members of Clarke's solo band, EJ Curse (bass/vocals) and Troy Patrick Farrell (drums/vocals).
"It has been a long time since I've put out a Gilby Clarke solo record," Gilby said in an interview in August. "So I just thought it was time. It had nothing to do with GUNS N' ROSES. It was just... I noticed when I've been talking to people out on the road that I haven't made a record in a long time. So it's time. And I finally have a good collection of songs that I really like, and I think they should be out. So I'm working on that. Hopefully the end of the year is my goal to get it out, by around Christmas time. So let's see what we can do. I hope it works out."