Guns N’ Roses lose second band member in less than a week

Lead guitarist Bumblefoot has followed DJ Ashba out of Axl Rose's band

Guns N’ Roses have seen another member leave the band, the second to do so this week.

On Tuesday (July 28), it was reported that guitarist DJ Ashba had quite the band to focus on his other project, Sixx:A.M. Ashba had played with the band for the last six years after joining in 2009.

Now, Blabbermouth reports that lead guitarist Bumblefoot has parted ways with the group also. Although only now announced, it is thought that the member originally left Guns N’ Roses in June 2014. Bumblefoot replaced predecessor Buckethead in 2006.

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Last month (July), fellow guitarist Richard Fortus threw doubt on the future of Guns N’ Roses, saying he hasn’t heard news on the band for some time.

The guitarist has been part of Guns N’ Roses since 2001, making him the longest serving ‘new line-up’ guitarist in the band. He commented on the band’s current status in response to a question about plans to tour and record in 2016.

“The current state of GN’R is pretty up in the air,” he told “The last I heard they wanted to finish up the recordings that we have and put them out next year and start touring. But it has been a while since I’ve heard from anybody in that camp as far as management or Axl. So I really don’t know.”

Earlier this year, Fortus also talked about Guns N’ Roses having enough material to make up two or three new albums, while back in April the now departed Ashba said the band are on a short-term hiatus.


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