Unofficially Official: Bumblefoot Out of Guns N’ Roses
This probably won’t come as much of a surprise to fans, given that a) Bumblefoot more or less said he was quitting GN’R last year and b) sooner or later everyone quits GN’R, but Metal Insider reports that Philly radio station WMMR claims to have a “confirmed source” who claims that the guitarist is, indeed, out of the band:
“Bumblefoot quit last year. I don’t understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band — he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and [Las] Vegas would be his last run with the band.”
Of course, there is someone else who could confirm this news besides Mr. Foot, and that’s Axl Rose. But official statements from that guy materialize roughly as often as Halley’s Comet, and the dude still hasn’t said shit about one of his other guitar players, Dj Slasba, quitting last week in a public manner which Kerry King might describe as being “evasiveless.” So clearly keeping fans in the loop isn’t Rose’s top priority. He’s got albums to never complete, tours to not book, reunions to not negotiate, chicken wings to eat and younger women to fuck, you can’t disrupt his schedule with something silly like approving this three-sentence press release I just wrote in five seconds:
“Bumblefoot and Guns N’ Roses have amicably parted ways. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. A replacement guitarist shall be announced in due time.”
In any case, Bumblefoot quitting is good news in my opinion. I never disliked him the way I dislike Dj Slashba, but there’s other guys I’d rather see in the band. For example, since we’re clearly never gonna get the guitarists we want back in the group, it might be nice to see these guys — y’know, the ones who actually contributed to Chinese Democracy — return to the fold:
Just a thought.