Time Out Dubai recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Rob "Bumblefoot" Thal. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Time Out Dubai: When's the new [GUNS N' ROSES] album [coming] out?
Bumblefoot: Well, we were supposed to start writing after the end of this last run — but I went to India! When I get back, I hope we can all get together, and live it and focus on creating new music together. Fans don't want to hear about new shows, they want to hear about new music.
Time Out Dubai: Some of those fans will never except the current GUNS N' ROSES lineup — without Slash and Co. What message would you send to them?
Bumblefoot: There were six "Star Wars" movies. If you only watch up to "The Empire Strikes Back", that's fine, but you're kind of missing the rest of the story. And there's probably some good things in there that you can get out of it. But it's your choice; it's there for whoever wants it. If not, that's fine. There's enough of everything in the world to please everybody.
Time Out Dubai: So, why does an international rock star like your good self give up his free time to tour with a Dubai band?
Bumblefoot: For one thing, it's always been in my nature — the things I enjoy most are teaching and producing and things that help others and raise them up. Playing for the sake of playing isn't enough, it has to serve some purpose over and above.
Time Out Dubai: But why POINT OF VIEW?
Bumblefoot: I like that fact that they're kind of the same — they're socially conscious, they do more with their music, it's not just making music for attention or fame — they care about things. I felt a certain affinity. And they're a good band.
Read the entire interview from Time Out Dubai.