By HARRIET KAPLAN
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Gilby Clarke performed a satisfying, emotionally stirring, and often rockingly intimate acoustic set at the Universal Bar and Grill Saturday night. Friend and musical partner Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis provided melodic accompaniment to Clarke on keyboards, harmonica, and backing vocals to the delight of the devoted fans on hand.
The two musical heavyweights drew a large and throughly pumped up crowd, clearly wowed by the wattage of the star power radiating from stage. Excitement and anticipation was in the air as the rocker duo took over the stage.
Yet despite their fame, in person the artists were truly down-to-earth, humble and low-key. Clearly anyone watching the show could see the musicians had a lot of love and mutual respect for one another as well. They joked and smiled effortlessly with each other and with their fans.
The wide-ranging and diverse set showcased new material from Clarke’s first solo album in nearly two decades, The Gospel Truth. This LP is chock full of fist-pumping rock songs with fat choruses and comprised of bluesy licks propelled by Gilby’s Keith Richard and Johnny Thunders-influenced vocal style.
Clarke also performed numbers from previous releases. Strong covers too were played: Guns N’ Roses’ “Patience” and “Used to Love Her,” Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen,” Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door,” The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers,” and The Replacements’ “Bastards of Young.”
California rocker Clarke is a seasoned frontman and knows how to play to an audience having played for literally hundreds of thousands of people over the years. He has a great stage presence and looks the part of a rock star. He is effortlessly cool.
Both Clarke and “Zig Zag” Andreadis have stellar resumes. Their renowned credits being GNR alums and having worked with Alice Cooper. Clarke played rhythm guitar in GNR for three years. He replaced Izzy Stradlin and appeared on The Spaghetti Incident, Live Era 88-91 and Greatest Hits. He also played guitar for the MC5, Heart, Nancy Sinatra, Slash’s Snakepit, Kathy Valentine and formed his own group Rock Star Supernova with Metallica and Motley Crue. Candy was his first band when came to L.A. and he also formed Kills For Thrills.
In addition to being a great performer, Clarke has produced various albums for different bands including L.A. Guns. Andreadis also worked with Carole King and The Boxmasters. He is a multi-instrumentalist that plays harmonica, guitar, bass, Bouzouki and ukulele. All in all it was a treat to see these two greats and the fans enjoyed every moment of music from this duo.
Check out Gilby Clarke’s ‘The Gospel Truth’ on Spotify: