GUNS N’ ROSES Guitarist BUMBLEFOOT Slams NME For ‘Twisting’ His Words Into Attack On AXL ROSE
GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has slammed NME.com for allegedly “twisting” his words “into an attack” on the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose.
In a recent interview with Ryze-Up magazine, Thal was asked what advice he would give to newbies in the music scene. “1. Be on time,” he replied. “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 5 minutes, and walk in 5 minutes later. 2. Be prepared. By ‘prepared’ I mean ‘overly prepared.’ Know more than you need to. If you’re gonna lay guitar parts, know the drum grooves and where all the accents and up-beats and fills and breaks are, know the bass lines… When the bassist doesn’t show and they freak out and you say, ‘I know the bass part. I can lay it down,’ you’ll be the MVP 3. 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.”
Earlier today, NME.com reported on the above-mentioned interview and erroneously included a comment that was posted on Metal Hammer‘s web site — “Remember kids, only massive goobers make a habit of not being on time.” — as part of Bumblefoot‘s response. This prompted the guitarist to pen the following missive via his 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. If NME is going to point fingers, they should have more integrity and class in what *they* do, yes?”
He added: “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 :)”