Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal says that he has no interest in seeing the band perform on the “Not In This Lifetime” tour, saying that it would be like “going to your ex-girlfriend’s wedding.”
Thal never officially announced his departure from the GN’R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that the guitarist had been out since the end of the band’s second Las Vegas residency in 2014.
Thal later revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in GUNS.
During an appearance on “Trunk Nation”, Eddie Trunk‘s show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Thal said that he “heard things” about a possible reunion of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ classic lineup prior to his exit but that it didn’t have an affect on his decision to leave the Axl Rose-fronted outfit. “No, I was [already] done,” he said. “I was burned out on it. I was. I was doing more harm than good staying at that point.”
Asked if he has seen of the shows from the partially reunited classic GUNS N’ ROSES since they announced their return more than a year ago, Thal said: “No, that would be weird, man. Would you go to your ex-girlfriend’s wedding? It’s kind of like that. It’s just kind of weird. I know too much. I’ve seen too much. I’ve been on the other side of the stage, and it’s not like it ended pretty — for me. I don’t have [any hard feelings] now, but at the time, there was a volatility, yeah.”
Thal joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 2006 and played on 2008’s “Chinese Democracy”, an album which contained music that had been written before he came into the group. He has also released a number of solo CDs.
Thal is currently involved with ART OF ANARCHY alongside CREED singer Scott Stapp and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer.
Thal didn’t publicly address his exit until last year when he told Loudwire: “All I could say is you reach a time when you just know it’s time to move on and you just know that what you’ve seen for your life, what you see the future of your life and what that is, it’s not what you pictured for yourself.”
He continued: “When I started playing music, I was six years old, and when I thought about what I wanted and what my goals were, and what makes me alive inside making music, and I just… I was looking at what I was doing, and it didn’t match up. And I just needed to… I needed to go.”