Five interviews have been conducted with Guns N’ Roses members so far: Two interviews with founding member and legendary guitarist Slash, as well as three interviews – and one photo session – with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, who served as lead guitarist from 2006 to 2014.
If you get ten minutes with one of the world’s biggest names in music – who also happens to have a quarter of a century’s worth of interview experience – ask him questions he hasn’t answered two hundred times already. That was the approach to this interview.
Hospitable Guitar Legend (2010)
The occasion for this interview was the release of Slash’s self-titled solo album, which featured a wide array of guest vocalists – from Ozzy Osbourne to Fergie, from Iggy Pop to Chris Cornell.
As such, collaborations with other musicians became a natural starting point for the interview, but it soon moved on to topics such as stage fright, doing cover tunes, Slash’s favorite Guns N’ Roses song, the concept of doing 17 interviews in one day, and, not least, what Slash called the perpetual fascination of the press to keep up the image of a feud between himself and Axl Rose.
The three interviews with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal chronicle the guitarist's somewhat tumultuous time in the band quite well.
The Continued Adventures (2010)
The first one was done after he had been a member of Guns N’ Roses for about a year. The second one was right in the middle of a quite heavy touring schedule. And the third one took place less than a year before what would be his final show with the band.
While all three proved to be very interesting and pleasant exchanges, the third one stood out, as Ron chose to open up about being treated like “absolute shit” by the other members of the band and the necessity to “get a little violent” with them, as well as attempting suicide while on tour in 2011 – and wishing he had died in the car accident earlier that same year.
“You weren’t expecting all of this, were you,” he asked, and then added: “I wasn’t expecting to say it.”
The interview was followed up by a quite impromptu photo session, from which this photo originates.