Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SONS OF APOLLO guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will release a new acoustic EP of cover songs, "Barefoot 2" on May 8. Thal says: "In 2008 I released the first 'Barefoot' acoustic EP, a collection of Bumblefoot songs played as stripped-down acoustic versions. It's a pleasure to now release 'Barefoot 2', acoustic EP of cover songs." "Barefoot 2" track listing: 01. Wasted Years (IRON MAIDEN acoustic cover) 02. Vienna (BILLY JOEL acoustic cover) 03. Every Little Thing (THE POLICE acoustic cover) 04. How Can I Be Sure (THE YOUNG RASCALS acoustic cover) 05. Maybe I'm Amazed (PAUL MCCARTNEY acoustic cover) Check out audio samples in the YouTube clip below. Last month, Thal released a new instrumental song called "Planetary Lockdown" which he said was "inspired by [the] feeling of urgency" during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Thal joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2006, replacing Buckethead. He played with the band for eight years and performed on "Chinese Democracy". He has also released nine full-length solo albums over the past 23 years, most recently 2015's "Little Brother Is Watching", which was reissued on CD and vinyl in August 2017 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's EMP Label Group. Three years ago, Thal said that he agonized over his decision to leave GUNS N' ROSES, explaining that he "wanted it to be something that [he] knew it wasn't ever gonna be." Thal never officially announced his departure from the GN'R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that the guitarist had been out since the end of the band's second Las Vegas residency in 2014. SONS OF APOLLO, which also features drummer Mike Portnoy, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and bassist Billy Sheehan), released its second studio album, "MMXX" (pronounced: 20/20), in January via InsideOut Music/Sony. Photo courtesy of SONS OF APOLLO's web site

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