Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses

Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses

Fact: Guitar hero Gilby Clarke played in both Guns N’ Roses and the MC5. Who else can claim membership in two of the most life-altering rock ’n’ roll outfits to ever exist on the planet? Huh?
Sure, Clarke was spotted recently on stage with his GN’R running buds at the 2012 Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony – he appeared on the band’s The Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 and Greatest Hits albums, and spent years on the massive Use Your Illusion world tour in the ’90s – but his proudest GN’R moment is, he says, the Gilby rolls mode on the GN’R pinball machine!
But none of that overshadows the fact this guitarist, singer and songwriter was a 17-year-old punk from Cleveland whose Hollywood back-alley dues were paid in full. Before joining the GN’R circus, the guitarist bounced from the great Candy to his own, heartbreakingly ignored, big-riff quartet Kill for Thrills, where he first showcased his Lennonesque lead vocals. Clarke has, along the way, toured, and/or recorded with everyone from Nancy Sinatra to Heart to Gene Simmons to Slash’s Snakepit. In between touring & recording he was making videos with not only GNR, but Michael Jackson & Slash when MTV was de rigueur. He also did that splendid 2002 album, Rock ’n’ Roll Music, with Col. Parker, a band he formed with Slim Jim Phantom. Perhaps you saw him starring alongside Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee on the CBS TV show Rockstar: Supernova or VH1 honors with Rob Zombie, Slash & Ace Frehely ?
Then there’s his solo career that earned him critical winks and sales (especially in South America and Japan) for such albums as Pawnshop Guitars (including the American hits “Cure Me ... Or Kill Me,” and “Tijuana Jail”), The Hangover (two songs made Bruce Willis’ The Story of Us), Rubber, 99 Live, Swag, and his self-titled greatest hits package that dropped a couple years ago.
Clarke, who’s an old school mash-up of Keef, Johnny Thunders, and B.B. King, continues to write fist-jacking rock ’n’ roll songs with fat choruses, and appear on stages around the globe. He produces worthy bands too. He’s also one of the sweetest gents you’ll ever meet. He’s a guitar hero, certainly, but also a gentleman whose heart happens to rush at rock ’n’ roll speed.
–Brian Smith

Line of Sight

Line of Sight is a light rock band from Orange County, California.

The music represents a compilation of original songs: from pop rock to contemporary with a touch of country.

Band Member Profile:

Leslee Hatch
Lead Vocalist and Rhythm Guitar.
Leslee debuted in church to an audience of 500 at the age of 4. She’s been on stage ever since.

Jim McLaughlin
Lyrics, Bass & Vocals.
Jim has been writing and playing music for decades. “the lyrics just come to me”. He has performed numerous times at The Coach House, with The Honky-Tonk Prophets.

Dave Love
Music writer, pedal steel, acoustic, electric guitars and vocals.
Dave toured as the lead guitarist with Iron Butterfly and is our music director. Dave has also enjoyed performing at The Coach House numerous times.

Mike Dempsey
Mike hears the beat in everyday life and plays the drums with his eyes closed. Mike also has enjoyed jamming on The Coach House stage.

Karen Butner
Karen won the National Guild of Music Award for Classical Piano at the age of 9.

Line of Sight will be featuring an array of original music from their recently released album: Line of Sight, Fantasy World, Temple of Love, Whenever You’re Near, Wanted, Old Time Piano, Take A Stand and others.



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