Hear former Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba cover the Italian folk classic, Bella Ciao

DJ Ashba
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Former Guns N' Roses electric guitar player DJ Ashba has released a cover of Bella Ciao, a 19th-century Italian folk song most recently associated with the Spanish crime drama series, Money Heist.

The track – which follows a trio of similarly guitar-heavy dance music-inspired singles from 2020: A Christmas Storm, Let's Dance and Hypnotic – sees Ashba reinvent the vocal-heavy original with soaring electric guitar leads, pumping synths and a thumping four-to-the-floor EDM-esque kick drum throughout.

“After becoming completely obsessed with Money Heist, I became so inspired by Bella Ciao and the history of the song,” Ashba says. “I couldn't wait to get into the studio and make my own GDM version. I wanted it to be epic and dramatic, with big bass, bone-crushing guitar, and an infectious beat that I know the fans will go crazy for. 

“After it was complete, I was telling my friend, famous Disney artist Craig Fraser, about my new version of this classic song, and him being a fan of the show as well, got inspired, and created me this one-of-a-kind painting of the iconic mask from Money Heist. I was so blown away; I thought it would make the perfect cover for this single.”

Ashba will support this tune, and his other recent electronic-influenced singles, with a headlining November 12 performance at the Epic Event Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

For tickets and more info, stop by Ashba's website.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.