In a recent interview with Shakat Journal, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (currently Sons of Apollo) explained how he started to play guitar.
He said that ‘I originally wanted to be a drummer’. Here’s the story:
“When I first started developing an interest in music, I was five years old and the KISS ‘Alive!’ album came out in the mid-’70s. As soon as I heard that, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do and I started working toward it. I put together a band [and] was writing songs.
We would make demos using multiple cassette recorders and figuring out how to multi-track using them, just as kids using whatever was available to us in our imagination, our creativity. That was it, but I didn’t want to be a guitar player. I knew I wanted to make music. I just didn’t know how and what tool I would be using or tools to make that happen, so I originally wanted to be a drummer.
My brother wanted to be a drummer, so he was older, [and] he got to be the drummer. I wanted to be a bass player. I went to a music store to start taking bass lessons, but I was this tall and the bass was this tall and there was no way I could handle it at that age. I was too little; they didn’t have kid-size stuff there.
They lied to me and said in order to play bass, you have to play a kids-sized acoustic, nylon-string acoustic guitar for two years. After that, you graduate to bass. So, I did it and I stuck with guitar and eventually I figured out how to play bass on my own. Yeah, I got tricked into playing guitar.”
His band Sons of Apollo’s latest album “Psychotic Symphony”, was released on October 20, 2017 via InsideOut Music.
You can watch the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.