Guns N' Roses Guitarist Advises Young Bands To Be Punctual

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has said that his one piece of advice for new bands is "be on time".

Guns N' Roses Guitarist Advises Young Bands To Be Punctual
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Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has said that his one piece of advice for new bands is "be on time". The tip may come as something of a surprise to anyone who has seen Guns N' Roses live in recent years, as the band regularly arrive on stage hours later than scheduled. However, Bumblefoot says that only "massive goobers" make a habit of not being on time and that you should be early if possible. Speaking to MetalHammer, the guitarist said: "Be on time. By 'on time' I mean 'be early'. Make sure you're there for when you need to be - wait in your car, communicate, let them know 10 minutes early that you'll be there in five minutes, and walk in five minutes later. Remember kids, only massive goobers make a habit of not being on time." Bumblefoot's advice continues with a word to "be cool". He says, "Be cool. And by that I mean, be a calm, relaxed, easy-going, soothing presence in the room. When everyone is contagiously breaking into panic and stress mode, you'll be their voice of reason without even trying. Players can be replaced - people are chosen by who others want to spend their time with." Meanwhile, Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has claimed he's no longer angry at singer Axl Rose over the dispute regarding the band's induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Adler labelled the frontman an "a--hole" after he chose not to attend the ceremony in April of this year. Rose had asked not to be inducted at all, and was subsequently booed by the audience when Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong read out his name at the bash in Cleveland, Ohio. The drummer had also dismissed the new line-up of Guns N' Roses by dubbing them "Axl And His Hacks". Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    thes50
    Oh god the irony.
    Way Cool JR.
    It's not ironic at all. He is simply stating not to be like Axl is. The whole reason he is saying it is based off of Axle.
    thes50
    "one piece of advice for new bands is 'be on time'." He's a member of Guns N' Roses. How don't you see the irony in that.
    nboyjn
    no. it would be ironic if he said this and THEN joined guns n roses but hes saying this after his experiences with the band.
    Schofey
    They don't sh1t out of the same a** hole. Just because one member is late it doesn't mean they all are.
    milosppf
    What's next, "Ozzy Osborne advises people not to drink and do drugs"?
    Mouloudo
    if it was the case, I would take his advice more seriously than the one of an old lady who never sipped anything else than tea in her life
    P.B.
    theres a great video out there of him saying not to do it while he can't pour orange juice into a glass...
    JD Close
    yeah, it's the interview for The Downfall of Western Civilization. Some great quotes in that bit. "I hated being in rehab, being on drugs was the best thing I ever did in my life"
    kerokero
    Excuse me UG, but can you fix this VERY dated article please? Bumblefoot has since addressed the contents of this article and NME has once again dropped the ball... This is his response, posted on his official Facebook page: Some 'info' sites will twist anything into an attack on Axl, lol (only way to get more readers and hike up rates on advertisers I guess...) NME is *not* a legit source of music info by any stretch. Not only do they make up quotes that aren't true (I've NEVER used the term "massive goobers" in my life, lol), I also didn't speak to Metal Hammer. NME is using a piece of an interview I did with Ryze-Up magazine, http://www.ryze-up.com/magazine/January_... (starts at http://www.ryze-up.com/magazine/January_... If NME is going to point fingers, they should have more integrity and class in what *they* do, yes? I'm at the venue early, I'll have dinner with crew, watch opening acts, get warmed up, I'm at every meet-n-greet, and I'm ready to get on stage at show time. That's me. My advice was for musicians starting out, hopefully it served its positive purpose Happy New Year everyone, have a great 2013 ~~~~ Great journalism all around...
    SIEGE312
    This was posted like 6 months ago on another site as well. Little behind the times UG.
    iommi600
    Honestly, I like commenting on the news articles here, but the fact that UG takes some stuff from NME (a.k.a. "we really love british indie bands and gossip) kinda saddens me.
    centermass
    hey the mayan calendar thing . thats no longer relevant, how come you don't post articles about that????
    PhilipAndersson
    "Some 'info' sites will twist anything into an attack on Axl, lol (only way to get more readers and hike up rates on advertisers I guess...) NME is *not* a legit source of music info by any stretch. Not only do they make up quotes that aren't true (I've NEVER used the term "massive goobers" in my life, lol), I also didn't speak to Metal Hammer. NME is using a piece of an interview I did with Ryze-Up magazine, http://www.ryze-up.com/magazine/January_... (starts at http://www.ryze-up.com/magazine/January_... If NME is going to point fingers, they should have more integrity and class in what *they* do, yes? I'm at the venue early, I'll have dinner with crew, watch opening acts, get warmed up, I'm at every meet-n-greet, and I'm ready to get on stage at show time. That's me. My advice was for musicians starting out, hopefully it served its positive purpose Happy New Year everyone, have a great 2013 " - Bumblefoots facebook Can you please stop these anti-GN'R articles soon UG it's starting too get really annoying.
    5_Years_Dead
    Pretty sure GnR are purposely late to their gigs. It's part of the reputation that have and want. People expect that shit.
    PowerStruggle
    Think it's obvious they're intentionally late. It's not like they're getting the local bus to gigs and getting lost. They have the means to get in very much on ****ing time, but still don't.
    Tokai09
    Ironic but true. You could be the best player in the world, but if you're late to a gig/rehearsal, you're a pretty much a crappy musician to be honest. I know so many people who are amazing players but no body wants to be in a band with them because of their punctuality.
    javdoc
    Chris Cornell made a great comment in an interview [paraphrasing here]; "You don't want to act like you're better than anyone else when you're onstage, but you definitely want to look like you belong up there".
    b_flo
    To those new bands: if you don't show up for sound check, don't expect us (production crew) to give a crap about your set at showtime. If you're late for your set, your set will be cut or cancelled. That's how we pros run the show! We show up way before you do, and we'll be staying late, long after you're gone.
    spiff-corgi
    "Remember kids, only massive goobers make a habit of not being on time." - Massive Goober, 2013.
    Reverend-Me
    "If irony was made of strawberries, we would all be drinking a lot of milkshakes Tom"
    bustapr
    bumblefoot deserves much more than what hes getting with GnR. he is a really great guitarist.
    Wild_Impala
    I'm guessing goober isn't really an american term? me and my freinds use it all the time over here in sunny olde england.
    Braykah
    Nice move from NME, copying the editor commentary at the end of MH's article (The "massive goobers" part) and adding it to Ron's quote to create drama. What's even funnier is that UG doesn't seem to have any interest at all in checking the sources for the articles that it copies.
    Abacus11
    Nothing cracks me up more than some nobody band playing in some dive in the middle of nowhere in front of 20 people who act like rock stars (being late, putting on their best fake better-than-you attitude, sucking, etc). Keep up at delusion and you're going nowhere. Truth is... you're probably going nowhere anyway so at least be grateful people are even willing to listen to you. Good advice, good article.
    Campion95
    Why is everyone calling Ron a hypocrite, Axl is the one who's late. I heard that Ron would go out and I play some of his own songs to entertain the crowd while they're waiting for Axl.