Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist and current ART OF ANARCHY guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal says he believes "rock will never die as long as people want to physically make music, and people, I don't think, will ever stop wanting to do that."
Asked by music journalist Anne Erickson with Audio Ink Radio about those who claim that "rock is dead," Thal said, "Anyone who says that, I mean I can understand what they might be saying, like, maybe rock has not been funded in the mainstream where was 30 years ago, but rock is far from that. If you don't believe me, you can go to any school of rock across the world or anything like it and see 7-year-old kids jumping around with guitars and doing it. Rock has never been more alive and well, and it always will be, because rock is the final form of physical music. If you look at all the types of music that there have been throughout history where the music is made by a person doing something to the instrument, whether it's the drums or guitar or keyboards or anything, rock is the final one that we have. Electronic music is not physical music. Rock will never die as long as people want to physically make music, and people, I don't think, will ever stop wanting to do that."
Thal joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2006 and played on 2008's "Chinese Democracy".
In ART OF ANARCHY, Thal performs with alongside CREED singer Scott Stapp and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer.
When asked what makes Stapp a good fit for ART OF ANARCHY, Thal replied: "Scott was looking for a band, we were looking for a singer, and it just happened. It's like anything in life. How did you find your husband or wife? In my case, my wife. A lot of times, it's just chance meetings with people lined up at the same place at the same time. I think he's singing better than he ever did. He sounds better than ever. He has a very unique voice. You know it's him when you hear him, not just the sound of his voice, but the way he writes melodies and lyrics that are personal to him."
Read the entire interview at Audio Ink Radio.