Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke says that he is "really excited" about his upcoming solo album. "I have not done a record since 2003, so it's been a long time coming," he told Gibson Guitars at this weekend's NAMM show in Anaheim, California (see video below)
"For me, I can't do a record unless I feel good about the songs. I wanna make a record that I wanna listen to," he continued. "So, these songs I'm really excited about. They're new songs. It really is classic rock. There's really nothing new on it — it's just a new version of what I like to do, which is loud guitars, man. So, I went in there. I used guys like Kenny Aronoff on drums, Steve Perkins — some really great players. I played all the guitars and did all the singing on it. But I think it's good — I think it's a good fresh approach on classic rock, really."
Asked when fans can expect to see his new record released, Clarke said: "I think May. May is our plan, so hopefully May. I mean, this has been going on for a few years. The deal is done. I hope for May."
Gilby has spent the last few years working on the disc, which will reportedly feature members of Clarke's solo band, EJ Curse (bass/vocals) and Troy Patrick Farrell (drums/vocals).
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. After exiting GUNS N' ROSES, Clarke continued as a producer and solo artist, while also playing in SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART and other acts.
Clarke released his solo debut, "Pawnshop Guitars", in 1994.