Leah Cevoli of MFNRocks conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal at the Rock 'N Rev Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 13, 2010. You can now watch the chat below.
GUNS N' ROSES' late start at the Rock 'N Rev Festival — where the band came on at around 1:00 a.m., nearly two hours after previous act ALICE IN CHAINS — was apparently due to a technical issue and not singer Axl Rose's well-known tendency to start shows hours behind schedule.
According to the Rapid City Journal, festival official Dan Catullo said that a switchover from festival sound equipment to GUNS' own gear took longer than anticipated and also caused complications with the festival's video crew, who were filming the event.
Catullo said that Rose, who is notorious for showing up late or not at all for concerts, was "the most insanely professional gentleman that I ever met. He came and did his job exactly as contracted."
The long delay led to a large portion of the crowd leaving before GUNS came on, while others hurled beer cans and other objects at the stage.
The Rock 'N Rev Festival, part of the 70th annual Sturgis Bike Rally, was the first U.S. concert appearance by GUNS N' ROSES in four years and only official U.S. show of 2010.
As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES has not canceled any of its upcoming shows, including high-profile slots at England's Reading and Leeds festivals, despite what appeared to be a message on Twitter from Axl Rose suggesting that the band was pulling out of its previously announced gigs. According to NME.com, festival organizers received confirmation from the band's management that Rose's Twitter account had been hacked and that the message was a fake, with next week's shows set to go forward as planned.