While playing sold out arenas all year sounds glamorous, Ron said there is a down side to the screaming throngs of people waiting to see him play.
“In front of 100,000 people, that can actually be the most alone feeling. If you’re doing that every night of the year and not getting enough of a personal connection with the audience, you start feeling like you’re just a 2-D image on a movie screen,” Bumblefoot said. “I think it’s important to break that disconnect.”
To that end, he said the band played theatre gigs earlier this year. “Walking out each night, and the audience would reach up and play your guitar, you could put a guitar pick on the security guy’s head…it was so normal and real, like it’s supposed to be.” Other times, he noted, the band goes to a club to jam after their show was over.
“We played two nights at Wembley and in between, we went to the Cuckoo Club in London and played an acoustic set at 4 AM,” Ron said. “Just random shit, we do that.”