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May 13th, 2006
The new guitarist is... + Talking Metal May 12th stuff
Bumblefoot, also known as Ron Thal.

Check out his web site.

Blabbermouth reports:

GUNS N' ROSES: New Guitarist RON THAL Makes Live Debut With Band

Guitar shredder Ron Thal of the New York City-based alternative-rap-metal project BUMBLEFOOT has joined GUNS N' ROSES as the replacement for Buckethead. Thal is making his live debut with Axl Rose and company Friday night (May 12) at the opening night of a four-date stint at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Ron Thal started as a solo artist on Shrapnel/Roadrunner Records with the instrumental guitar-oriented CD "The Adventures Of Bumblefoot" in May 1995 (voted one of the Best Newcomers in Young Guitar magazine's Readers' Poll in January 1996) and the vocal "Hermit" CD in January 1997. Through his own production company, Hermit Inc., Thal (a.k.a. Bumblefoot) has released his own music, and has worked as a producer, songwriter, and hired musician. Credits include CNN, MTV, Jessica Simpson, Cher, LeAnn Rimes, and many more.

Talking Metal's review of the gig can be read at strigl.livejournal.com.

They've also added a special post-show podcast to their web site

Source(s): http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/  
Thanks to: Robert, Mark 
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