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GILBY CLARKE RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN REDONDO BEACH

By: Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer
Writer

May/June 2010



Welcome to Redondo Beach! It’s a Friday night, May 28, 2010. The place is Brixton South Bay. I am here to see Gilby Clarke of Guns N Roses fame in his first performance since his horrific motorcycle accident in January of this year.

Black Velvet Deluxe is onstage as I enter the club. They have good harmonies, good lyrics and I enjoyed them. Bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and drummer.

Next up is Bourbon Saints. Drummer and backing vocals, Lead singer, bass, two guitars. They are loud and aggressive. I was unable to hear the lyrics. Their fans are enthusiastic. However; not my style.

Silent Rage is a hometown band that had performed at Brixton, before it was Brixton back in the day. The bass player says: “Pretend this is a House Party in Hawthorne in 1979!” Their experience in their musicianship and tight vocals, two guitars, bass, and drums. The three in front share lead vocals on alternating songs. In 2008, Gilby Clarke produced their CD.

Gilby Clarke ends the night. Gilby is hometown as well. Many people know if Clarke being a member of Guns N Roses. However; I knew him best as the lead guitarist in the band, Candy. He is joined onstage by drummer and bass player. Ever the professional, Gilby remains standing during his entire set! By the end however; it took its tool on his leg. Normally he would be walking through meeting and greeting. This time, Brixton set him on a stool by the door.

Candy’s former drummer, John Schubert, was in the audience that night. I hadn’t seen him since Gilby performed there two years ago. A pleasure to see and talk to them both.




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