"Little Brother Is Watching", the video for the title track of the new solo album from GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, can be seen below. Released on February 24, the disc was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.
Says Bumblefoot about the "Little Brother Is Watching" clip: "The director, Gabriella Loutfi, took a real cinematic approach with the song subject. Rather than showing the current evolution of Orwell's '1984' 'Big Brother,' we turned the clock back to 1984 BC, showing how power struggles for control and order are timeless.
"The video plays out like chapters of a story — dominating rule, a demand for instant gratification, a revolt and the tables turn.
"Gabriella gave a 'tip of the hat' to pioneer filmmakers like Georges Méliès, often choosing organic methods rather than digital effects. An example is the drowning scenes — long blue and white sheets stretching across a room, each end held by crew, being rippled and waved by hand as the actors would descend between them."
Thal recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose-fronted band. Thal, however, stopped short of saying that he was no longer a member of GUNS N' ROSES, which has caused some fans to criticize him for not coming clean about where he stands with the group.
Thal responded to one fan via Facebook about the lack of clarity surrounding his position in GUNS N' ROSES. He wrote: "I can't erase a decade of history and I can't stop the media from asking what they want to ask and making up their own titles on their interviews and posts. No matter how much I ask them not to do it."
He added: "I've been honoring a request to not make any public statements about anything related to it, which continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in. Not how I do things, repeatedly taking the bullet on this one."
Bumblefoot joined GUNS N' ROSES in early 2006 as the replacement for Buckethead. He made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006.