Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot shares story where he indulged fan’s strange request
Current Art Of Anarchy and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot was recently interviewed by Bobby Caughron of XS Rock and asked what is the strangest request that he has ever had from a fan.
Bumblewood replied: “Well, there’s been some strange requests. Everything from raising their children if they die… to…. there was one person who just wanted to repeatedly smell my armpit after a show. And basically, I just walked around with my left arm raised.” On whether he obliged the fan’s strange request, Bumblewood stated: “I did. And her face was just in my armpit the whole time taking deep breaths. I would walk around the venue and she just followed with her face in my armpit. There was another person who gave me a gift of animal testicles. And yet another person, who bit me in the stomach and left some serious teeth marks.”
In terms of whether he was let go from Guns N’ Roses, Bumblefoot advised: “No. It was me. I was really burned out. I felt like I had contributed everything that I possibly could as a performer, but my heart was in more things where I was creating, writing, producing and teaching. All of things that I was doing before the heavy touring of GNR. I really felt that it was definitely time for me to go. I felt like I had taken it as far as I could and I was reaching a point where I was stressed and unhappy. And that’s not good for me and it’s not good for them. So in early March of 2014, we were rehearsing for the next 3 months of touring. The first thing that I told the band when I walked in was that this is going to be my last run. I finished out the shows and I did try to recommend people to take my place. I didn’t want to stop them from moving forward or anything like that.”
On whether he has spoken to Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose since leaving the band, Bumblefoot stated: “No. The relationship is over between me and them. They’re doing fine and I’m doing fine and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t regret leaving. I wish it could have smoother on a personal level. I’m happy to see what they’re doing now and I’m glad I was able to be part of their world that makes people so happy at the shows. It was a gift. I’m grateful and I thank them for it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Bumblefoot at XS Rock.