January 2, 2013


Guns N' Roses Guitarist Tells Young Musicians to Be Punctual, World Explodes in Hypocrisy

Isaac Brekken
Isaac Brekken

Guns N' Roses' axeman Bumblefoot has some great, yet puzzling, advice for young musicians: "Be on time." "By 'on time,'" he tells a magazine called Ryze Up (via Metal Hammer), "I mean 'be early.' Make sure you’re there for when you need to be—wait in your car, communicate, let them know ten minutes early that you’ll be there in five minutes, and walk in five minutes later."

Whoa, whoa, whoa. It's clear that Bumblefoot shreds under the employ of Axl Rose, but suddenly we're not positive if the two guys have ever actually met. Because GNR are notoriously late for every performance, ever. So if Bumblefoot is showing up early, or even just on time, then he's done a lot of waiting on Rose. And how could the guitarist miss the very stacked Google results for "why are Guns N' Roses always late"?

Anyway. B-Foot's got other solid advice, too, stuff like "be prepared," meaning "overly prepared," and "be cool," as in "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." 

Are Bumblefoot's comments all exactly about Axl Rose? That question could take all day (or all year?) to answer.