During a visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to perform at the launch of the Classic Rock Coffee Company on July 31, Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal spoke about his plans for a new solo album as well as the status of the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy."
Asked if it's fair to say that his solo career has taken a backseat once he joined Guns N' Roses, Thal told the National: "The solo albums are everything to me and it's really what I do. To be honest, I really should have paid more attention to it, even when I was in Guns N' Roses. I should have been touring more and putting more albums than what I did."
Regarding whether he is glad he reconsidered his decision to join GN'R after initially turning down an opportunity to become a part of the group, Thal told Time Out Dubai: "It's a yes-and-no thing. Ultimately, yes, there are a lot of things with it that made life more difficult, but we are supposed to have challenges. If it was easy, then everything would be handed to us. I have definitely learned a lot and I grew a lot. I think I became a better person in the end, or I try to be. I don't regret it."
On the topic of whether he has submitted compositions for the band to record for the band's next studio album, Thal told Khaleej Times: "I wanted to get together as a band, I didn't want to submit my songs for the band to play. I wanted the band to write as a band so it would truly be a band. But we're just too busy with touring and other things, and it just didn't happen."
He added: "It's reaching the point where I'm starting to nurture the rest of my life, because I do a lot of other things - and that's really who I am."