A rock band from the far north of Scotland will provide support for a famous guitarist on a UK tour this month.
Thurso-based Estrella, which features three brothers from Caithness and a drummer from Elgin, will back a former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Gilby Clarke, on his four tour dates between June 12 and 15.
Gilby is best known for his three year tenure as rhythm guitarist for iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, after joining the band in 1991 as part of their Use Your Illusion Tour. He was also associated with Slash’s Snakepit after the demise of Guns N Roses.
Escrella is made up of Thurso brothers Paul, Luke and Nathan Gunn, and band-mate Leo McPherson, from Elgin.
Speaking last night, Estrella’s lead guitarist Luke Gunn, said: “We can’t quite believe we are going to be working with a member of one of the bands that inspired our own music. As you can imagine Guns N’ Roses were played on a daily basis in the Gunn household and personally for me as a guitarist both Gilby and Slash were huge influences.”
They will play at The Underworld in London on June 12 before heading to The Diamon Rock Club in Antrim, Ireland the next day. On June 14, they will be at the Yardbirds in Grimsby before finishing at Tivoli in Buckley, Wales, on June 15.
Currently, the band is working on their second studio album before heading on the tour. After the tour they will head back to the infamous Rockfield Studios for three weeks to finish their album with producer Nick Brine, who has also worked with Bruce Springsteen.
The band then have tour dates planned for the Kelso Bikefest on Saturday, July 5 at 11.30pm at the Borders Union Showground.
They will also play at the Tunnels, Aberdeen, on Saturday, July 26 at 7pm, alongside the Amorettes.