GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will be doing shows over the summer with Lita Ford, playing guitar with Lita's backing group alongside BUMBLEFOOT (the band) drummer Dennis Leeflang.
Says Thal: "Lita and I have GN'R's blessings to do this together; all is cool. This won't interfere with upcoming GN'R plans, I'll be flying out and coming right back."
Upcoming Lita Ford shows featuring Bumblefoot:
Jun. 12 - Redwood Run - Piercy, CA
Jun. 13 - Jackson Ranchero Casino - Jackson, CA
Jun. 21 - Meltaway - Zaragosa, Spain
Jun. 26 - Bang Your Head!!! - Balingen, Germany
Jun. 27 - Gods of Metal - Milan, Italy
Jun. 30 - Rockwave - Athens, Greece
Jul. 03 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 04 - Bridgeview Music Jam - Bridgeview, IL
Jul. 17 - Monndance Ranch Jam - Walker, MN
Jul. 24 - Molson Canal Concert Series - North Tonawanda, NY
Jul. 26 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
Aug. 03 - Buffalo Chip - Sturgis, SD
Aug. 22 - Rock Gone Wild - Algona, IA
Sep. 05 - Taste of Cleveland - Cleveland, OH
Lita Ford will release "Wicked Wonderland", her first new U.S. studio album in 14 years, early this fall on her own JLRG Entertainment label. After a 15-year break from music, living on an island in the Caribbean raising her two sons, Lita will also hit the road this summer playing select festivals and motorcycle rallies in America and Europe.
"It's harder and sexier than anything I've ever done," says Lita of the record, which was co-produced by Ford, her husband and former NITRO singer Jim Gillette, and Greg Hampton, the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer known for his work with ALICE COOPER, his band SCIENCE FAXTION (with Bootsy Collins and Buckethead and Brain from GUNS N' ROSES) and other rock notables. Lita is backed on the record by drummer Stet Howland, formerly of W.A.S.P., Hampton on bass, rhythm guitar and keyboards, Gillette on background vocals, and its vivid cover art is by ROB ZOMBIE bassist and solo artist Piggy D.
The songs brim with a passionate adult eroticism and über-hard rock sound highlighted by Lita's trademark searing guitar riffs. The album includes a keen and timely slice of social commentary on "Patriotic SOB", sexy rave-ups like "Piece (Hell Yeah)", duets with Gillette on numbers like the aptly titled "Indulge", and "Betrayal", which will be featured in the upcoming video game Brütal Legend, in which Lita also voices one of the characters alongside Jack Black, Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST. The recordings find her rocking, playing and singing with an amped-up fury and power like never before that's also informed by her personal growth as a wife and mother as well as legendary rocker.
(Thanks: ZShaw a.k.a. The Metal Clarkie)