Bumblefoot: 'I Should've Paid More Attention to My Solo Career'

Guns N' Roses guitarist admits not regretting about prioritizing GN'R though.

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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."

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    I've always wondered about how/why Bumblefoot has stayed with GNR this long. Is the paycheck big enough to put up with Axl's ego and basically playing a covers set every night? Does he get a level of creative freedom within the band that's sufficient to keep him happy? Does he genuinely like being around Axl and playing GNR tunes? Give us some answers Ron!
    I have been wondering the same. He seems like a genuinely nice, down-to-earth guy. Doesn't really fit the other members of "GNR".
    They didn't like him at first. I read in an interview with BBF on HTGTH that when he just joined the band, he was bullied by Robin Finck, because that douche couldn't get over the fact that Buckethead left. Plus, during the 2011 leg BBF tried to drink himself to death because he just couldn't take it anymore.
    Thats unfortunate. GN'R needed more tunes from the current line-up. It sounds like hes going to leave the band before he gets his rightful chance to write music as a band. This is horrible. Axl needs someone with equal authority in the band that has interest in pushing these things. He is clearly more interested in live performance, he needs someone the opposite to put balance in there.
    So why won't you do it? Are you afraid or Axl or what? C'mon man, you and the rest of GN'R members know that you guys really dont belong to that band and never will.
    He's probably the only musician in GnR that I really have respect for, not trying to act like slash and stuff