Bumblefoot Addressed Scott Weiland Supergroup Controversy
. Guns N' Roses' guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has addressed the controversy sparked last week when former Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland distanced himself from the new supergroup Art of Anarchy.
Soon after the new group announced that they are preparing to release their debut album featuring Thal, Weiland, Disturbed's John Moyer and twins Jon and Vince Votta, Weiland issued a statement telling fans that he is not the group's permanent frontman.
Weiland told fans via his Facebook page, "I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year - I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out."
Bumblefoot addressed Weiland's role in the band in a statement to Rolling Stone. He said, "The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It's in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott's solo album and tour are his priority and we're all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road.
"But we don't need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen."
He also explained how the new band is not in conflict with other groups the members may be involved with. "Art of Anarchy is not competition or a threat or interference to what any of us are doing - it's a complement, an addition, one I'm proud of creatively. No need to minimize or undermine or devalue a project we all worked on together over the course of two years.
"I enjoyed working with Scott. And I'm looking forward to the Wildabouts album release, the Bumblefoot album release, and the Art of Anarchy album release. The more music the better, it's what we do, right? :) Artists do collaborations and a month later, their own album comes out. This is normal stuff. All good. :)"