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Below is our complete Bumblefoot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Benighted Comes To The Rock Band Network

A handful of new metal tracks have made their way to Rock Band Network this week, including music from Benighted and Onslaught. These tracks are now available for the Xbox 360 edition to play this weekend:

Benighted – “Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth” (160 MSP)
Onslaught – “Godhead” (80 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Rampage of Kronos” (80 MSP)
Vangough – “Drained (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)

PS3 headbangers will instead get these songs on 10/9 in North America and 10/10 in Europe:

A Day to Remember - "Sticks & Bricks" ($1.99)
Bumblefoot - "Dash" ($1.99)
Ghost Brigade - "Clawmaster" ($0.99)
Ghost Brigade - "Into the Black Light" ($0.99)

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New Metal Hitting The Rock Band Network

It's a slimmer week for new metal tracks getting added to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network, but there are still a few interesting choices such as new material from Atheist and Halcyon Way. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks is as follows:

Atheist - "Second to Sun" (160 MSP)
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Building the Towers" (80 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Super Villain" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Time Bomb" (160 MSP)

These tracks are also hitting the PS3 version of Rock Band on Wednesday, February 1st:

Bumblefoot - "Turn Around" ($0.99)
Winds of Plague - "California" ($1.99)
Halfbrick Studios - "Pirats 'Til We Die" ($0.99)
Vangough - "Estranger" ($0.99)
Rival Sons - "Torture" ($1.99)
Nevermore - "Without Morals" ($1.99)

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

After last week's full lineup of new metal songs hitting the Rock Band Network, this Friday's roundup doesn't have quite as many options, but there are a still a handful of songs to help metal heads rock out over the weekend. New music is hitting the Xbox 360 edition of the game from Severed, White Wizzard, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Bumblefoot.

The entire list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal music, is as follows:

Metal

Fallen Angel - "Grant Me Peace" (160 MSP)
Severed - "Envision" (160 MSP)
White Wizzard - "Over the Top" (160 MSP)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" (160 MSP) More...

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Rock Band Adds New Metal Songs This Week

After Emperor invaded the Rock Band Network last week it seemed like things were looking up for extreme metal fans, but alas the trend is slowing down. There's still a few tracks that are worth it for fans of hard rock and metal though, with Amberian Dawn and Bumblefoot coming to the Xbox 360 version and a new Skeletonwitch track hitting the PS3 edition. The complete list of new Xbox 360 additions to the Rock Band Network this week, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

The Slackers - "Every Day Is Sunday"
2nd Thought - "Just Hang On"
Jonathan Coulton - "Chiron Beta Prime"
Jonathan Coulton - "Betty and Me"
Bumblefoot - "Guitars SUCK"
The Gufs - "Beautiful Disaster"
Amberian Dawn - "Shallow Waters"
The Elms - "Strut"
The Giraffes - "Done"
Buffalo Mad - "Muéstrame un Poco"
Ronald Jenkees - "Guitar Sound"
Christmas at the Devil's House - "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
Day Of Fire - "Lately"
MJ Kroll - "Believe" More...

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Bumblefoot Announces Meet And Greets

Bumblefoot has issued the following announcement about upcoming meet and greet sessions:

"Hey all, I'll be doing some meet-n-greets during the upcoming GNR tour - bring your cameras, Bumblefoot & GNR CDs, anything you want signed... (if not, we'll have autograph cards.) There will be drawings to win CDs - and in Helsinki & Aalborg, a pair of tickets to that day's GNR show as my personal guest."

The details of the sessions are as follows:

FINLAND
1PM - 3PM SAT JUNE 5th (GNR show day in Helsinki)
DLX Deluxe Music Shops
Albertinkatu 29, 00180
Helsinki

RUSSIA
4PM - 6PM WED JUNE 8th (day after GNR show in Moscow)
119146 Russia, Moscow, P.O.B. 4
Moscow Palace of Youth
Komsomolsky prospect, 28 More...

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Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal To Perform with Lita Ford

Ron "Bumblefoot" has announced that he will be playing guitar on a number of shows this summer with Lita Ford. Also playing with the band is Bumblefoot drummer Dennis Leeflang.

Thal addresses the implications to his other gig with Guns N Roses:

"To GNR fans: Lita and I have GNR's blessings to do this together, all is cool. This won't interfere with upcoming GNR plans, I'll be flying out and coming right back.

"To Lita fans: lookin' forward to meeting y'all and having a great time together!"

Here are the upcoming shows: More...

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Rock Against Diabetes 2008 Rocks Vegas

"Rock Against Diabetes 2008" was held at Club Rox in Las Vegas, Nevada. The club was kind enough to provide R.A.D. with a venue for the two-day event. Many artists gave of themselves to support the cause, which will not be forgotten by all of us that struggle with diabetes on a daily basis.

I got the chance to talk with the event founder and organizer, Darrin Buchanan, and he explained how all of this came about. Two years ago, Darrin's foot died on him virtually over night. He underwent a number of tests and the result was diabetes and that part of his foot would need to be removed. Here is a 36 year old man with a wife and young daughter and he was facing the fight of his life. From that experience Rock Against Diabetes began. The first event was held is Canada and Darrin, in his wheelchair, was keeping the show flowing and the event was a success. A chain of events led to a second surgery to remove more of Darrin's leg from the knee down, and now Darrin would be walking again after 2 years with the help of a prosthetic leg. It was fantastic to see Darrin running around for two days along with his lovely wife Lindsey. They are my heroes! I am sure glad we are on the same team in this daily fight that we diabetics face each day. They give me strength and hope! More...

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Seven Antonopoulos Joins Rock Against Diabetes

Opiate For The Masses drummer Seven Antonopoulos has thrown his services into the hat to take part as one of the drummers in the amazing All Star Band that has been put together over the past few months by Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). Seven was approached by the newest sponsors of Rock Against Diabetes - Las Vegas Dirtbag Apparel and Entertainment and was immediately up for the gig.

Seven AntonopoulosAntonopoulos will bring a savage assault on the drums, where a definite heavier edge will be brought to the All Star Band allowing for some very memorable moments to take place. Joining the All Star Band will be a myriad of exceptional muscians including Lez Warner (The Cult), Rafael Moreira (Pink, Paul Stanley, Magnetico), Nate Morton (Paul Stanley, Hannah Montana), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Francesco DiCosmo (Thin Lizzy) and more!

Dirtbag Music and Vegas Fuel are proud to announce KICKING K8 to the Rock Against Diabetes lineup as well as Illinois band DOGS DIVINE whom are currently on tour with LA Guns and Faster Pussycat.

The bands participating in the 2 day Rock Against Diabetes event are: Starving For Gravity, Kicking K8, Dogs Divine, Magnetico, Karneval (featuring Dario Lorina), Leatherwolf, L.A. Guns, Y&T, Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses and his All Star Band. The event will be hosted by Big Brother 8 winner the Notorious Evel Dick Donato and Penthouse Pet of the Year 2008, Erica Ellyson.

There will be tons of live auctions, raffles and giveaways, autograph sessions and more during the 2 days.

Tickets are still available at rockagainstdiabetes.org as well as at the door until they sell out.

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Rock Against Diabetes Announces New Venue

Due to the overwhelming response and growth of the August 23, 2008 Rock Against Diabetes show, the event organizers have decided that the only solution to handle the demand and offer the best experience for fans, was to move from the soundstage to a venue.

The Rox Club has donated their full facility for the Pre-party and the main show on August 23rd at no cost to help Rock Against Diabetes to further raise funds. Tickets for both shows can be purchased online only at rockagainstdiabetes.org.

Here is the latest itinerary for the main event and pre-show bash: More...

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Starving For Gravity to Open Rock Against Diabetes

The 3 month search to find the opening band for Rock Against Diabetes in Las Vegas August 23, 2008 has come to an end, with Orange County's alt-rock band Starving For Gravity coming out on top as the winners. The band was pared down from a massive list that originally submitted their bands to take part, to a Top 45 list that was further trimmed to a Top 10. The Top 10 was then opened to a public vote that saw nearly 8,000 votes from fans made, with a final decision being handed down from the judges participating in the decision process.

Although the band placed a close 2nd in fan voting, they garnered a great deal of praise and respect from the judges in their overall sound as well as commitment to working with their fans for support and promotion,

Starving For Gravity will open the Pre Show Bash on August 22nd at the Rox Club in Vegas, with host Evel Dick Donato being in attendance, and performaces by Magnetico featuring Rafael Moreira, Karneval featuring Las Vegas' own Dario Lorina (Jani Lane Band) and Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses guitarist Ron Thal) and his amazing All Star Band with players such as Paul Mirkovich (Cher), Lez Warner (The Cult), Jeff Berlin, Constantine Maroulis and many others. Tickets are still available for this show (here) and at the door if any tickets are remaining. See the website for direction and address as well as full lineup for the Pre Show Bash.

The band will then open the main Rock Against Diabetes event on August 23rd, featuring acts such as Y&T, LA Guns, Leatherwolf, Magnetico, Richie Kotzen and Bumblefoot and his All Star band. The venue for this event has been moved, as the amount of requests for fan to ba able to take part live grew much too large for Deep Rock Drive to handle at their facility. The new venue will be announced this week, with tickets going on sale immediately following the announcement.

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New Bumblefoot Album, "Abnormal," On Presale Now

"Abnormal," the long awaited 16 track follow up to Bumblefoot’s 2005 release, "Normal," is now available for presale at Bald Freak Music. With a sound described as "The Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a Zappa-esque twist" there is something for all fans old and new.

An autographed CD can also be purchased with a portion of proceeds going to support Multiple Sclerosis research.

In addition, a radio-friendly and an instrumental version of the album will be made available for purchase on iTunes and other digital stores on July 1st. For the diehard fan that thought they had everything Bumblefoot, there is a limited edition "Fan Pack" that contains the following items:

  • CD copy of ABNORMAL autographed by Bumblefoot.
  • 8.5"x11" photo autographed by Bumblefoot (choice of 3)
  • Limited edition Bumblefoot replica mini guitar (choice of 3)

  • Bumblefoot ABNORMAL guitar pick (choice of 3 gauges)
  • Exclusive "Making of ABNORMAL" DVD-R
  • Bumblefoot ABNORMAL stickers

Visit the Bumblefoot store at baldfreakmusic.com for further information.

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Richie Kotzen Added To Rock Against Diabetes 2008

Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival has announced RICHIE KOTZEN (ex-Poison, Mr. Big) has been added to the roster, as well as launching a competition to find a band to take the opening slot at the August 23rd, 2008 worldwide broadcast, and perform with greats such as KARENVAL (featuring Dario Lorina), MAGNETICO (featuring Rafael Moreira – Paul Stanley, Rock The Cradle), and BUMBLEFOOT (Ron Thal, Guns N Roses) at the Rock Against Diabetes 2008 pre-show kickoff party August 22nd at Club ROX in Las Vegas. New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.

Touted as “one of the best guitar players in the world, a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and creative songwriting, Richie Kotzen has had an incredible journey in the world of music. In 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.

You can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You get 8 hours of LIVE music, online only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for FREE and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish. And you can invite your friends FREE when you grab your ticket. Tickets are currently available here.

As previously reported, Rock Against Diabetes has decided to find the opening act where else, but on the music Social Networks of the internet. Myspace, Facebook, Garageband, PureVolume and the multitude of other musical communities will be invited to submit their music, and videos to Rock Against Diabetes to be judged, and pared down to a Top 10, that will be judged by a panel of musicians, promoters, television personalities and industry giants.

The winner of the competition, that will begin May 20th, 2008 and conclude with a winner on July 26th. See www.myspace.com/rockagainstdiabetes and www.rockagainstdiabetes.org for further information. All questions to submissions@rockagainstdiabetes.org.

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Bumblefoot Posts New Studio Video Online

Bumblefoot has posted another video from his studio time earlier this year. You can check it out below or on YouTube.

As previously reported, Bumblefoot has released the title track off his upcoming solo album, "Abnormal," for free download on his website in various formats including MP3 and CD-quality WAV as the album version, clean version and instrumental. You can download an MP3 of the album version of "Abnormal" here. More...

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Leatherwolf, Magnetico Confirmed For R.A.D.

Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival, has announced two more acts, Huntington Beach, CA thrashers LEATHERWOLF and L.A. power-trio MAGNETICO, to the roster. The current Rock Against Diabetes lineup of confirmed acts includes:

Bumblefoot and his all-star band
Y&T
L.A. Guns
Leatherwolf
Magnetico
Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band

New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets go on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.

In other big news, you can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You'll get 8 hours of LIVE music, online-only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for free (and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish). You can also invite your friends for free when you grab your ticket. The change of ticket price to free will happen before May25th. Tickets are currently available at DeepRockDrive.com.

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R.A.D. Announces 2008 Opening Band Contest

To celebrate the bringing of music to a global audience, in an online HD broadcast, Rock Against Diabetes has decided to find the opening on the music social networks of the internet. Myspace, Facebook, Garageband, PureVolume and the multitude of other musical communities will be invited to submit their music, and videos to Rock Against Diabetes to be judged, and pared down to a Top 10, which will be judged by a panel of musicians, promoters, television personalities and industry giants.

The winner of the contest, that begins May 20th, 2008 and concludes with a winner on July 26th, 2008 will receive the following:

1. A slot in the kickoff pre party in Las Vegas at Club ROX on Friday August 22nd, 2008 playing with KARNEVAL, featuring Dario Lorina, MAGNETICO, featuring Rafael Moreira, Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses , and MORE!!!!

2. The opening slot for the worldwide broadcast of Rock Against Diabetes 2008, with LA GUNS, CLIFF MORRISON (Son of Doors singer Jim Morrison), Y&T, LEATHERWOLF, BUMBLEFOOT AND HIS ALL STAR BAND, and a few other acts.

3. To promote your band before, during and after the broadcast on August 23rd 2008.

4. A musical prize package, including band gear, and other critical items to help a new band succeed.

5. The DVD-ready HD footage of their entire performance.

6. Full billing as an act on the show, and a share in all PR and media releases and advertising.

There will be many more things included to sweeten the pot as sponsors come on board.

Here's how it works:

Bands will add Rock Against Diabetes and Deep Rock Drive on Myspace, and Top Friend both. The bands will then email submissions@rockagainstdiabetes.org with the link to their Myspace profile and intent to participate. The bands will upload their tracks and videos to Myspace, and will be judged on ALL content that is on the Myspace to listen to and watch.

A list of ALL the participating bands and links will be put on www.rockagainstdiabetes.org. The panel of judges will trim the list down to the top 10 choices, with those 10 being added to a voting page on http://www. rockagainstdiabetes. org once the Top 10 are determined.

This page will be available by June 1st, 2008.

The confirmed judges to date include:

Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot - Guns N Roses guitarist.
Danny Socolof - Founder of Deep Rock Drive.
Marc Minarik - Designer and Co Founder Minarik Guitars.
John Ostronomy - Co-host from Talking Metal dot com.

The final judges will be announced when they commit to the contest.

There will be a voting system for ALL people to come and vote on the Top 10 bands. These people will all be given the opportunity at that time to get a free online ticket to watch Rock Against Diabetes 2008 live on Deep Rock Drive.

With the public voting accounting for 50% of the decision, and the judges making a decision based on that voting, a winner will be awarded on July 26th, and will share in all PR and media releases regarding this years events.

At this time, it is only open to bands in Continental North America, (unless out of country bands want to arrange for their own travel expenses) and Flights are NOT included until sponsorship is found to cover that expense. All prizes mentioned above and hotel/food will be provided for August 22nd and August 23rd. As more sponsors come on board, and prizes available, they will be announced.

Here are the rules for participation in this contest: More...

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Bumblefoot Posts Title Track For Free Download

As previously reported, solo artist and Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot has released the title track off his upcoming solo album, "Abnormal," for free download on his website in various formats including MP3 and CD-quality WAV as the album version, clean version and instrumental. You can download an MP3 of the album version of "Abnormal" here.

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Bumblefoot VIP R.A.D. Tickets Include Pre-Party

It has come to our attention that the previously mentioned Rock Against Diabetes VIP tickets also include

Only 50 sets of these tickets exist and only one set of these Bumblefoot special edition tickets are available. Ticket holders will be the only guests at the live event of Rock Against Diabetes 2008 from Las Vegas NV. All other guests will enjoy this unique experience in broadband HD from the comfort of their homes.

This pair of tickets will allow the ticket owner full access all day to the live event at Deep Rock Drive. Intimate access to Evel Dick Donato, our host and the acts performing including Bumblefoot and his All Star Band, Eric Martin, Rafael Moreira's Magnetico, Y&T, LA Guns, Cliff Morrison (son of the Doors' Jim Morrison) and the Lizard Sun Band and the many special guests that may pop in during the show. There will also be one of a kind swag being given away by Rock Against Diabetes, the bands, and Deep Rock Drive. A very cool limited edition t-shirt, perfect to have signed, autograph sessions from the bands, and a part of the recording of the entire event.

This pair of tickets is for the event only, and does not include travel or lodging in Las Vegas.

This special Bumblefoot edition of tickets includes:
The tickets, an autographed Bumblefoot T-shirt, A limited edition (only 3 in existance) Bumblefoot/Rock Against Diabetes Spectraflex guitar cord, an autographed set of Normal and Abnormal CD's and a few other cool items from Rock Against Diabetes. This ALSO offers the ONLY way to get a free pass into the Rock Against Diabetes PRE CONCERT KICKOFF party.

This show is on August 22nd, at Club ROX on the strip, sponsored by Budweiser, and will feature performances by DARIO LORINA'S (the young guitar prodigy of the Jani Lane Band) new band KARNEVAL, LA GUNS, RAFAEL MOREIRA's power trio MAGNETICO, and of course, BUMBLEFOOT and other guests that are going to get up and play for you. Drink tickets and food are part of the deal.

All proceeds go to funding this first of it's kind event and the initiatives set out by Rock Against Diabetes to help ease the suffering and pain of diabetics, through proper nutritional education and support.

You can bid on these tickets at RockAgainstDiabetes.org.

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Bumblefoot To Release New Song For Free

Ron Thal, aka Bumblefoot, is treating his fans new and old to a bit of free music before his new album, “Abnormal,” is released to the public for sale, by offering the title track free for download. As with his previous albums Thal will be self-releasing “Abnormal” online. “I never went along with the way the music industry did things, and have always been rebelliously against it, spouting off how the system doesn't work, and how bands should be DIY and make it just about the music and the fans. 10 years ago I was giving away songs on Napster and releasing my own albums, selling them online. 10 years later, I still do it and still stand by it - fuck the business, connect directly with the fans.”

The recording and creative process has also been a very fresh experience, as Thal has been making videos of the recording process and posting them online, running contests to include backing singers to perform on the album, and giving progress reports on his forums to keep everyone there with him while the album was coming together. “It's been great being able to share the experience as it happens. It'll be another month before the CD is manufactured - until then, I wanna give away a little taste. Download it, share it, delete it, it's yours to do as you wish.”

“Abnormal”, the follow-up to Thal’s previous offering “Normal”, is a hard rock album flavored with a light-hearted mix of different styles and genres, with catchy hooks and blistering guitar work. When asked about the new project, Thal had the following to say: “It was October last year, I was about to fly into a fucking rage, went to go crash out at the studio, and all these songs just started flying out of my head. Spent the next few months recording drums, bass, guitars, vocals, opera singers and tuba players. Some people heard it and said it reminds them of the Sex Pistols with a little Beatles/Queen vibe to it. Didn't have a plan, just did what I felt, and in the end this is what I got.”

With recording completed and finishing touches being added to the tracks and art work, “Abnormal” will be ready for release In early June, with the free track available for download Monday May 19th, 2008. See www.bumblefoot.com for more information. Along with CD’s being available for purchase, the tracks will be available for download on iTunes, and a very special limited edition Fan Pack will be available for diehard fans that want something a bit different in a limited quantity. The CD will be available at www.cdbaby.com , www.amazon.com as well as Bumblefoot’s own artist-run partner Bald Freak Music (www.baldfreak.com).

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Rock Against Diabetes Auctions To Launch May 18

Rock Against Diabetes is gearing up for their upcoming event on August 23rd by auctioning off spectacular music memorabilia and instruments donated by celebrities and artists in support of the event. Featured items include:

A 3 hour private guitar lesson with Bumblefoot (GnR) in the NYC Gibson showroom, Winner will receive a guitar (TBD model), a one of a kind private lesson, signed Bumblefoot T-shirt, and signed CD's, including the new release "Abnormal."

A Minarik Lotus Guitar, autographed by ALL of the Houseguests of Big Brother 9, Evel Dick Donato, Janelle Pierzina, and loads more of the cast and crew of the Big Brothers series.

A Vigier Excalibur Bfoot model, signed by Bumblefoot himself.

Minarik Inferno bass, autographed by Motorhead.

Sets of VIP R.A.D. tickets, only 50 sets in existence.

Hundreds of other autographed memorabilia, from Duran Duran, INXS, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Ok Go, Kylie Minoge, Triumph, Depeche Mode, Dropkick Murphy's, John Mayer, Mandy Moore, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Kidman, Meatloaf, BuckCherry, Simple Plan, Y&T, Phil Collins, Joan Baez, Bumblefoot, Hellyeah, Natalie Portman, Billy Squire, Wolfmother and MANY more.

Most items will be available on EBay, with key auctions taking place on RockAgainstDiabetes.org.

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Ron Thal To Be New Guns N Roses Guitarist?

Guitar shredder Ron Thal of the New York City-based alternative-rap-metal project BUMBLEFOOT has been asked to join GUNS N' ROSES as the replacement for Buckethead, according to a posting at www.bumblefoot.com. "Since, the rumors are already flyin', I might as well say," Ron writes on the site. "I was asked to join GUNS N' ROSES two months ago. It's not definitely happenin', we're just feelin' it out. When decisions have been made, I'll let y'all know."

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.

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