Fan-filmed video footage of former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal‘s December 23 performance at The Rock Box in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.
Thal recently said that he agonized over his decision to leave GUNS N’ ROSES three years ago, explaining that he “wanted it to be something that [he] knew it wasn’t ever gonna be.”
The guitarist never officially announced his departure from the GN’R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that Ron 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 and other projects after spending eight years playing in GUNS.
Ron 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. He is also playing in SONS OF APOLLO, in which he is joined by former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian alongside Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE).