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2004.03.17 - MTV News - Buckethead's Hand Puppet Says Goodbye To Guns N' Roses

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Post by Blackstar on Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:47 pm

BUCKETHEAD'S HAND PUPPET SAYS GOODBYE TO GUNS N' ROSES

IT'S NOT HIS FIRST TIME LEAVING, BUT THIS TIME IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S FOR GOOD.

ARCHIVE-JON-WIEDERHORN
03/17/2004


After fours years as a member of Guns N' Roses, during which time the band canceled more shows than it played and released no original material, guitarist Buckethead has had enough.

The eccentric musician, who wears a fried-chicken bucket on his noggin and talks only through a hand puppet, has walked out before but has always returned to the fold. This time, however, it looks permanent. At the end of last year, Buckethead became fed up with Guns' inability to complete an album or tour and stopped working with them, his manager said.

Buckethead appeared on the green carpet at the Grammy Awards last month and was introduced by Parliament/Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins as a member of Guns N' Roses, but by that time Buckethead had already told Guns frontman Axl Rose he no longer wanted to be in the band, the manager said.

Guns N' Roses are scheduled to headline the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30. It is unclear whether the band will have a new guitarist by then. Guns N' Roses' label would not comment on Buckethead's departure.

The guitarist will now focus on numerous projects, including two solo albums — Population Overdrive and Cuckoo Clocks of Hell — which are due this summer. In addition, a group called Col. Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, which features Buckethead, Primus bassist Les Claypool, Guns N' Roses drummer Brain (ex-Primus) and legendary funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell, will release a debut studio album this summer.

The record was mostly recorded last year in Northern California at Claypool's home studio, Rancho Relaxo, and includes the songs "Buckethead," "Tyranny of the Hunt," "The Big Eyeball in the Sky" and "Hip Shot From the Stab."

"There are slices of all of our worlds," Claypool said. "We're talking about four pretty strong personalities, so you can hear Primus with Buckethead flailing over the top and Bernie Worrell's monster tidbits over the top of what we're doing. It's unbelievable."

Half of the Col. Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains album will be instrumental. The band has played various live improvisational shows, but this will be the first time audiences will hear the band performing structured material.

"It's not as chaotic as you would think," Claypool said. "You'd think, 'OK, here come these four guys and they're just gonna start flailing,' but Brain is a very structured player, so everything tends to be very groove-oriented."

Also on Buckethead's plate are shows and recordings with his recently reunited high school band, Deli Creeps, which features a singer named Maximum Bob, drummer Pinchface and bassist Tony.

And Buckethead will likely join bassist Bill Laswell, Brain and others for a show as Material at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which is scheduled for June 11-13 in Manchester, Tennessee, according to the guitarist's manager. The festival may also feature a reunion of Praxis — a band featuring Laswell, Buckethead, Collins, Worrell, Brain and DJ Flip — who haven't played together in five years.

Buckethead will start a solo tour Wednesday (March 17), opening for Particle in Austin, Texas. Dates run through April 15 in Atlanta.

http://www.mtv.com/news/1485811/bucketheads-hand-puppet-says-goodbye-to-guns-n-roses/
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Post by Blackstar on Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:59 am

Speculation that Buckethead had left the band started on March 1st, when fans noticed that the GnR section had been removed from Buckethead's official website:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060822060621/http://www.mygnrforum.com/index.php?showtopic=13924
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Post by Blackstar on Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:03 am

Blabbermouth reported the rumour that Buckethead was out on March 15 and on March 16:
GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist To Embark On Solo Tour

March 15, 2004

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead (who is rumored to no longer be a member of the Axl Rose-fronted combo) will be opening for the band PARTICLE on the following dates:

Mar. 31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Apr. 01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze On West Bank
Apr. 02 - Madison, WI @ Luthers Blues
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
Apr. 05 - Indianapolis, IN @ Birdys
Apr. 06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
Apr. 08 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr. 09 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
Apr. 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theater
Apr. 13 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Apr. 14 - Nashville, TN @ Village Vibe Concert Series
Apr. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Apr. 16 - Camp Hill, AL @ Camp Hill Open Air Music Park
https://blabbermouth.net/news/guns-n-roses-guitarist-to-embark-on-solo-tour/

BUCKETHEAD Out Of GUNS N' ROSES?

March 16, 2004

Rumors of guitarist Buckethead's departure from GUNS N' ROSES have gained strength in the recent weeks, with many speculating that GNR singer Axl Rose's alleged decision to resume taking guitar lessons will result in him taking on some of the guitar duties himself during the band's upcoming live performances.

Although the GUNS N' ROSES camp has yet to make an official comment on the matter, a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor and a previous news contributor bumped into GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed over the weekend and filed the following report:

"The after-show for [the] YNGWIE [MALMSTEEN] [concert] was held [Sunday night, March 14] at the Cat Club. The band that was playing that night was a cover band featuring Dizzy Reed on keys. During the set, they introduced Yngwie's drummer Patrick Johansson. He sat in on the drums for a rousing rendition of AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds'.

"After the set I introduced myself to Dizzy. I had been wearing my GNR 'Chinese Democracy' shirt too! I asked him what was the status of the new album. He said that they should be releasing it this year (big surprise). I also asked him the what happened at the Philly riot show, since I was there. He said that you could thank Clear Channel for that one. I also asked him about Buckethead's status, in which he confirmed that he is unofficially out of the band."
https://blabbermouth.net/news/buckethead-out-of-guns-n-roses/
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