Gilby Clarke on Guns N' Roses Exit: 'I Knew That That Was the Ending Because Nobody Told Me About It'

Guitarist reveals how Axl fired him from the band.

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Gilby Clarke, while talking to Song Facts (via Ultimate Classic Rock) about his tenure in Guns N' Roses and his exit from the band, revealed that, while many assume that his final work with the band was recording a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," he actually wasn't involved with the sessions: "I wasn't that involved with the 'Sympathy for the Devil' recording - they did that while I was on the road touring for my solo record.

"I knew that that was the ending because nobody told me about it. Officially I was in the band at that time, and they did that song without me. That was one of the last straws for me, because nobody had said anything to me, and they recorded a song by one of my favorite bands. It was pretty clear I'm a big Rolling Stones fan, and they recorded the song without me. So I knew that was it.” Clarke recalled that his dismissal from Guns N' Roses came in the form of a joke form Axl Rose: "My official end was actually at the last show of the last tour. Axl was jokingly saying 'bye' to everybody, but he was really saying 'bye' to everybody. He even came up to me and said, 'Hey, enjoy your last show.' At that point I thought he was being funny, but he wasn't being funny. He knows what he's doing. He's a smart guy. So I knew it was the end at the last show."

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    I am not really into the Guns N' Roses without Slash, but I have to say the Rolling Stones cover was pretty neat.
    I don't think even Slash played on the Stones cover, in his book he said Axl brought in some guy that Slash didn't like to play on the song.
    no, he played on the song, but Paul Huge completely overdubbed everything. You can hear Slash, but he's overshadowed by someone else.
    Isn't this how bands normally work? Nobody telling anybody anything unless you're in their personal circle of buddies? And non founding members never know anything until 24 hours before or even less than that.