Ex-Guns N’ Roses Member: ‘I Didn’t Quit Pretty, I’m Not A Utility You Hire’

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Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal was asked if he had seen the reunited partial classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses perform in concert in a new WRIF interview, Thal said: “No. It just feels kind of weird. I quit the band and they moved on and I moved on. It’s not like we quit pretty. And also, what am I gonna do? I’m gonna stand in the audience and everyone’s gonna be, like, ‘Hey, you used to be there.’ It’s too weird, man.

“I wish ’em well and all, but to actually physically go [and see them], after hundreds of times on the stage with them, it just feels very surreal,” he continued. “I always describe it like going to see your ex-girlfriend’s wedding. And I don’t mean any disrespect by that, and I do wish them well and I’m happy that they’re doing so, so good. But for me to go and see it, it would just stir up a lot of stuff. So it’s better that I’m just doing my thing, they’re doing their thing and everybody just wishes each other well from afar. And I get lots of good reports from friends and everything and I’m still in touch with people in the camp. I’m real happy for them — they’re on top of the world right now, so good for them.”

He also said, “For me I need to be super creative. I’m just not the kind of guy that is a utility that you hire, and plays, and gets paid, and that’s it, no. It means the world to me what I’m doing, and who I’m doing it with.”