Guns N’ Roses Icon ‘Lost Popularity’ To Soundgarden

Guns N’ Roses Icon ‘Lost Popularity’ To Soundgarden

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke discussed being unable to top Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” on radio charts in a new Audio Ink Radio interview.

“Well, no, it wasn’t overnight. I have a couple of opinions about it. No. 1 – before I got the Guns N’ Roses gig as a guitar player, I was a Virgin Records songwriter.

“So I knew a lot about what new projects were coming up, so I heard the Nirvana record before it came out. And I go, ‘Oh my god, it’s a really good record!’ But I didn’t think of it as grunge.

“You could obviously tell it wasn’t a hard rock record, I just kind of thought it was almost like what Green Day was, it’s kind of like a pop-punk-rock. That’s what I thought it was when I heard it.

“So when grunge first came in, I was in Guns at the time, and it didn’t affect us. We were playing sold-out stadiums.

“It affected us later. I’d say it affected us later like when I did my first solo record [1994’s ‘Pawnshop Guitars’] and when Slash did Slash’s Snakepit.

“The environment had changed a little bit – a little harder dealing with the radio. And I remember when I put out my first record ‘Pawnshop Guitars,’ my song ‘Cure Me or Kill Me’ was doing incredibly well on the radio…

“But I couldn’t break over that song ‘Black Hole Sun.’ And that’s when I started really noticing climate change.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his remarks.

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Published at Fri, 28 May 2021 20:01:47 +0000