latest interview is with none other than guitarist virtuoso Ron
Thal (aka Bumblefoot). Bumblefoot, for those that don’t know, is
a talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and charitable
individual. Last year, he was added to be the third guitarist in
the band Guns N’ Roses (maybe you’ve heard of them?), which just
recently finished an extensive tour throughout Europe and the
We hope if you
learn just one thing from our interview with Bumblefoot that it
be that Ron equally loves wombats and kangaroos. What a guy!
Do you have a favorite song that you enjoy playing more than any
BBF: No favorite sticks out in my head, it's
always changin'. It depends on the moment, on a lot of things.
The crowd, the vibe of the band, whatever's goin' on personally,
it all could make a song have a different meaning to ya as
you're playin' it at any given time.
Q: What bands, or individual musicians, have
influenced your musical career?
BBF: Kiss had a huge influence - I heard Kiss
Alive! when I was 5, and it made me wanna be a musician. Hearing
the intro to Mean Street from Van Halen changed the way I looked
at guitar playin', Halen totally changed the direction I was
Q: What bands are you currently listening to?
Are there any cool, new bands that we should be paying attention
BBF: Most recent stuff I stuck in the iPod were
Beach Boys, Mr. Bungle, The Who's early stuff... coolest new
band I've been diggin', and they're not really that new, is Muse
- never stopped lovin' the Absolution album, it's a fucking
masterpiece. One band I thought was interesting was Swashbuckle
- metal band mixed with pirate music - saw them live and really
dug it, told the folks at Bald Freak (the label I'm on) about 'em
and they signed 'em - check them out at
Q: Playing music as a career, or even as a
hobby, can understandably be really frustrating at times. Do you
have any advice for aspiring musicians?
BBF: Be diverse. Develop different skills in
music besides playing your instrument - teach, write and
co-write, record yourself and others, do gigs of your own music,
book bands, manage bands, do studio and live sessions, cover
bands, do all you can. Ya never know what part of it all you'll
become passionate about, and may find your calling in a place
you wouldn't have expected.
Q: Where do you find inspiration when writing
BBF: Good question - trying to write lyrics
right now, and I never know where to draw the words from.
Usually a darker place - I need struggle.
Q: A few months ago you announced a contest to
have fans submit design ideas for your new guitar, how is the
contest coming along so far?
BBF: We haven't found the *one* yet, gonna keep
the contest going until it happens.
Q: Do you have a New Year’s resolution, or any
specific goals for 2007?
BBF: To do a new solo album.
Q: We hear that you’re involved with Multiple
Sclerosis research, how did you get involved with that work?
BBF: My good friend Ralph Rosa was diagnosed in
1997. He started the MS Research Foundation (
), a non-profit organization that puts on dinner-comedy shows,
and the profit goes to medical research. I help with decisions
and organizing shows, anything I can do to help.
Q: Being that you’re from New York, we of
course must ask a few important questions: Giants or Jets?
Yankees or Mets? Wombats or kangaroos?
BBF: Hmmm.... would have to go with Giants &
Yankees, but dig the Jets & Mets too. Even between wombats and
kangaroos, can't pick.
Q: Finally, do you have a message for your
BBF: Thank you! Y'all kick ass and I hope to
see ya's soon!