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Bumblefoot Has Implied That He is Leaving Guns N’ Roses

  • Axl Rosenberg

Axl and BumblefootThere’s been a lot of tittle-tattle about a new Guns N’ Roses album coming out in 2015. I’ll believe it when I hear it. But if it does happen, it looks like it may be without co-lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, who has said in a new interview that he feels he’s neglected his solo career and he wants to concentrate on that, given the difficulty of doing GN’R stuff and his own stuff. That doesn’t make a whole lotta sense to me — GN’R have so much downtime, and other members of the band don’t seem to have had much of an issue working on other projects while also being at Axl’s beck and call — but fuck do I know? I’ve never been in Guns N’ Roses.

So although Bumblefoot hasn’t said “I’ve left Guns N’ Roses” and Axl Rose hasn’t released some barely-coherent statement announcing that Bumblefoot has left Guns N’ Roses, it basically sounds like Bumblefoot has left Guns N’ Roses. I actually predicted the split more than a year ago, although, to be fair, it’s not exactly hard to predict that a musician will leave Guns N’ Roses, given that every musician leaves Guns N’ Roses sooner or later — Mr. Foot himself is just one of nine guitarists who has been in the band since their inception (ten if you count Dave Navarro, who contributed a guitar solo to 1999’s “Oh My God”).

Although he has no songwriting credits on Chinese Democracy, Bumblefoot did contribute a bunch of leads to that album. Unless his departure leads to the return of either Mr. Head or Mr. Finck, the latest edition of Guns N’ Roses will now include yet another member who has never actually recorded with Guns N’ Roses.

Anyone else have a migraine?


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