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Posted on Sep 23, 2013 04:07 pm
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal recently discussed the band's continual stage tardiness, pointing out that he considers himself as the one most affected by long waits.
"That hasn't happened for a long time. But it did for a long time," Bumblefoot kicked off (via Blabbermouth). "And that's not something that I can ignore and pretend hasn't happened or didn't happen. I absolutely had the hardest time out of anybody in the band with that stuff - with 'late' stuff."
The axeman further explained, "I'm always in touch with one very simple thing: you make music to make people happy. You put on a show, you entertain - whatever you wanna call it - you do it to make people happy. And to be happy, and to just share this great moment together. And anything that takes away from that or undoes that or creates the opposite of that is completely just anti why you're doing what you're doing. So if there are 20,000 people that are pissed off, 'cause we just left them...
"I mean, hell, if I have to wait five minutes longer in a doctor's office, or in traffic or something like that, I'm starting to get annoyed. So imagine, if that's five minutes, imagine two hours. Yeah, I get it; I totally get it. It's not like I don't care, it's just... there's nothing I can do.
"And it's not just that, it's not just the waiting, it's the fact that... if you're gonna do that to someone that isn't expecting that and has a babysitter waiting, or you have to be up in four hours for work, or whatever it is, or the buses are gonna stop running soon, or whatever it is..."
Thal made sure to stress the importance of treating fans right, saying, "It's, like, you didn't go out that night and buy those tickets and do us the honor of having your presence there just to stain our existence so that we could completely f--k you and inconvenience you and put you in this position where, alright, 'My life is gonna be really annoying, and I have to choose between missing the show after waiting for it, or seeing it.'"
He concluded, "I've gotten so much resentment over that from people. And they have the right. And I'm just happy that that's not happening anymore. And I'm really, really happy that we've been going on time, close to on time, sometimes early. And I know the fans are very happy; the people that come to the show are much happier about that.
"There's always the fans that are, like, 'Nah, it's a rock concert. They should be three hours late.' Maybe for you, but not for the other 20,000 people... Everyone's got responsibilities. Rent isn't what it was in the '70s. There's a lot more living hand to mouth, and you can't f--k with that. And I get it. And this is not some kind of, like... I'm not trying to bash Axl or anything. I get it. And I'm just glad that we've been doing better with that."
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