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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Explains It All

05/12/2008
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The following story was part of the Day in Rock Report for 5/12/08 - (antiMusic) Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was recently interviewed by Live-Metal.net and discussed a host of issues including his new solo album, how he landed the gig with Guns N' Roses and gave fans an update on "Chinese Democracy". Here are a couple of excerpts from the conversation:

Live-Metal.net: When do you think you will be releasing [your new solo album] "Abnormal"? Bumblefoot: Well, I would like to get it out there as soon possible. It's a plus and a minus that I am doing things all by myself. It's a plus in the sense that I don't have to organize and wait and work it out. I can just put it out as it comes out, which is also a minus because there is no big bang when it comes out. Suddenly it is just there, but I kinda like that. So I am just making it available as I can and hopefully people will discover it and they have the option of deciding whether they like it ot not when it is there.

Live-Metal.net: A lot of people might have become familiar with you by way of GUNS N' ROSES. How did your involvement with the band come about? Bumblefoot: It was about four years ago that we started talking. Joe Satriani recommended me and then I got a funny email from Chris Pitman, the keyboard player, and we all just started talking. It took a minute for us to get it together but we started touring in 2006. We just started jammin' and the next thing you know we are doing it in front of people, then we are doing it in all different places, then I am laying guitar tracks on the album and then here we are in New Jersey!

Live-Metal.net: Do you ever tire of being asked what is slowly turning into the million-dollar rock journalism question, "When is 'Chinese Democracy' going to be released?" Bumblefoot: How can you not ask that question? It's like, "Doesn't anyone notice that elephant in the room?!" We have new management and they are good guys, and it's in negotiations. - Read the full interview here

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