Greg Prato of UGO recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
UGO: Was there ever a point that you yourself were even convinced that "Chinese Democracy" would never come out?
Thal: Haha, nah, man. I joined up, we hit the road, I hit the studio, we toured some more, then it came out. There was action for most of the time I was there. And when there wasn't action, I did my thing — released the "Abnormal" CD and "Barefoot" acoustic EP, lots of guest playin' on people's albums and live, producing some bands, TV, indie film and videogame music...
UGO: Can you tell us something about Mr. Rose that many people don't know and/or would surprise people?
Thal: He's got a great sense of humor. A real ball-buster. Sometimes he'll tell jokes into our in-ear monitors while we're tryin' to take a solo, he's fucked me up a few times, haha...
UGO: Although this is very dangerous to even think this thought...any idea when GN'R's next studio album will be coming out?
Thal: I can't predict anything and I don't try, haha. Right now we got a headlining show at Rock In Rio in Brazil in October, hopefully more confirmed info will come down the pipeline, but so far that's what's goin' on. Just gotta see what happens. Meanwhile, every month I'll have some new music for ya, will keep that going as long as I can before hittin' the road again. Next song comin' out will be an original called "Father", in mid-May. I'll be keepin' updates on all that at Bumblefoot.com.
Read the entire interview from UGO.