Clive Winston (January, 4th, 1969, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain) is a character in Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, and Guitar Hero World Tour. He is British. He first appeared as one of the six regular characters in the first game, with a 1960s mod style that resembled the likes of George Harrison (The Beatles), Pete Townshend (The Who) and Eric Clapton. In the second game, he became an unlockable character, along with Xavier Stone and Grim Ripper. This game gave Clive a completely revamped look: he now has a 1970s hippie style, more akin to:

Jeff Lynne), (Electric Light Orchestra), Frank Zappa, Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple and Rainbow), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Mick Box (Uriah Heep) John Du Can (Atomic Rooster) and Geddy Lee (Rush) (bassist) John Coghlan), (Status Quo) (drummer) Bob Seger), Roy Wood (Wizzard) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) (drummer)

Clive was absent in Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, but returns in Guitar Hero: World Tour and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades and later to Guitar Hero Metallica, Guitar Hero 5, Guitar Hero Smash Hits, Band Hero and finally Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. His name also appears as one of the nine opponents in GHTV's Premium Shows in Guitar Hero Live.


Inspired by the 70s British guitar gods, Clive Winston is a precious session commodity - everything he plays on goes gold. He's got a unique and virtuosic guitar style and knows just how far you can bend a string before it breaks. -- Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero World Tour, and Guitar Hero: Metallica in-game bio

Clive Winston was born into unremarkable circumstances in the outskirts of London. His childhood and education were typical, and at university, a professor described him as "un'extraordinary in every way." His grades were average. But Clive soon proved he was anything but average. He formed the hard-rocking Winstons and released single after chart-topping single. The recent "Clive Alive 2005" tour was a mega-success. Clive's super-virtuosic style is a throwback to the British guitar gods of the 70s. His biographer revealed that on any given day, Clive plays guitar for at least eight hours, hitting approximately 36,000 notes, while only speaking an average of 50 words. The most sought after session player working today, Clive's name graces more CD credits than we can count. - Guitar Hero manual bio

Having abandoned his fascination with the sitar, an interest developed during a 3-year, court-ordered "meditation retreat", Winston sashays boldly back to the forefront of classic rock with his guitar wizardry and iconic status. -- Guitar Hero II in-game bio

During his latest tour, friend Eddie Knox was quoted 'Okay Clive, you finally got yer work visa. Now unless yer joining the police force, you gotta lose the stache, man'. To which Clive replied 'A big droopy moustache is the mark of a real man'. -Guitar Hero 5 in-game bio

Guitar Hero Clive Winston

Clive Winston as he appears in Guitar Hero.

Outfits Edit

  • Guitar Hero World Tour

Clive wears an orange coat, black pants(white in the PS2 and Wii Versions) with a star, and blue shoes with decorations.

Torso : Corduroy Coat

Pants : Button Flyers

Clive Winston GH2

Clive Winston as he appears in Guitar Hero II.

Shoes : Cowboy's Kicks

Accessories : Shady Rounds (Face) (Unselectable shades in PS2 and Wii Versions)

Trivia Edit

  • Clive's signature guitar is the Birdseye Maple ES-335. In it's description in GH1, it says that Clive "for no apparent reason dubbed it 'Leeanne'."
  • The Guitar Peace Out could also belong to Clive. It can be brought in most of the Guitar Hero games for $1500.
  • If you play as Clive Winston in Guitar Hero, at the end of a song he will either burn or smash his guitar. The smashing guitar is a tribute to Pete Townsend of the Who as he actually used to do that and the fire guitar is a reference to Jimi Hendrix's encore at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Characters of Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero: Axel Steel - Clive Winston - Grim Ripper - Izzy Sparks - Johnny Napalm - Judy Nails - Pandora - Xavier Stone

Guitar Hero II: Casey Lynch - Lars Ümlaüt - Eddie Knox

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock: - Elroy Budvis - God of Rock - Lou - Metalhead - Midori - Slash - Tom Morello - Bret Michaels

Guitar Hero On Tour: Gunner Jaxon - Memphis Rose

Guitar Hero Aerosmith: Brad Whitford - DMC - Joe Perry - Tom Hamilton

Guitar Hero World Tour: Aaron Steele - Billy Corgan - Hayley Williams - Jimi Hendrix - Johnny Viper - Marcus Fretshredder - Matty Cannz - Nick - Ozzy Osbourne - Riki Lee - Rina -Rockubot - Shirley Crowley - Skeleton - Sting - Ted Nugent - Travis Barker - Zakk Wylde

Guitar Hero Metallica: Fembot - James Hetfield - King Diamond - Kirk Hammett - Lars Ulrich - Lemmy - Robert Trujillo - Zach Harmon

Guitar Hero Modern Hits: Simon Grimmsy - Calista Valenz

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits: Mario Greendale

Guitar Hero: Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen - Alex Van Halen - Wolfgang Van Halen - David Lee Roth

Guitar Hero 5: Johnny Cash - Carlos Santana - Shirley Manson - Matt Bellamy - Kurt Cobain - Shadow - FrankenRocker - Gerald Contest Winner - Golden God

Band Hero: Quincy Styles - Taylor Swift - Adam Levine - Gwen Stefani - Tom Dumont - Tony Kanal - Adrian Young

DJ Hero: DJ Jazzy Jeff - DJ AM - Z-Trip - Grand Master Flash - The Disc jockey

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock: Echo Tesla - Austin Tejas - Demi-God of Rock - Minotaur - Arthas Menethil

NPCs: The Bassist - Bret Michaels - The Drummer - The Female Singer - Joey Kramer - The Keyboardist - The Guitarist - The Male Singer - Steven Tyler - The Singer - The Disc jockey