According to journalist Gary Graff, a “confirmed source” with GUNS N’ ROSES has clarified the status of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, saying that the guitarist is indeed out of the band — and has been for some time.
The source tells Graff: “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 [GUNS N’ ROSES lead singer] Axl [Rose] he was done and [the second GN’R Las] Vegas [residency] would be his last run with the band.”
Thal recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose-fronted band. Thal, however, stopped short of saying that he was no longer a member of GUNS N’ ROSES, which has caused some fans to criticize him for not coming clean about where he stands with the group.
Asked by Graff earlier this week to clarify his status with GUNS N’ ROSES, Thal said: “That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now.”
He continued: “I’m a real busy guy and really enjoying everything I’m doing, and I think that everything I’m doing has a future and a bigger plan — the solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things I’m doing. These are all the things I love that I’ve really missed, and I’m very happy to be putting my time back into that. It’s really what I should be doing.”
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