The Staff of Icon Versus Icon put their heads together to bring you their takes on the Best Interviews of 2008. Read on to find out what they thought went above and beyond!
Best Interviews of 2008
Steve Johnson’s Pick: Of all of the interviews in 2008, one stands out as the best from a personal standpoint. Our interview with Ron ?Bumblefoot? Thal, guitar virtuoso and current member of Guns N’ Roses is my best of 2008. Conducted at the May Chiller Theatre Convention in Parsippany, NJ, we got the inside scoop on Bumblefoot’s new album Abnormal and a few pieces of information on the then unreleased Chinese Democracy. Bumblefoot spoke of his beginnings as a guitar player and his dedication to helping find a cure for diabetes through his involvement in Rock Against Diabetes. While some serious topics were covered, the interview remained light hearted and even included a reference to Back to the Future 2. Bumblefoot proved to be a humble and extremely generous man, who gave us free autographed albums to give away on the site. If only we had noticed he was wearing that Dr. Pepper shirt during the interview.
Jason Price’s Pick: We have done many great interviews over the years but Live-Metal.Net’s staff definitely raised the bar once again this year. Two interviews that stand out in my mind are Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses and Marty Casey of L.A. Guns. We met up with both as there were just about to mark career milestones. Ron Thal shed some light on who he was and what a great experience he had in becoming part of the phenomenon that is Gun N’ Roses. Marty Casey talked to us right as he parted ways with his original band Lovehammers and took over as frontman of L.A. Guns. Both of these guys were great, told us a lot and definitely have bright careers ahead of them.
Jen X’s Pick: Out of all of the interviews we have done this year there is one that stands out in my mind: the write up about Metal Mike Chlasciak. Simply put- I had no clue who Metal Mike even was, but after reading such a intelligent, funny and honest interview I wanted to know more about the man and his music. That is what a stellar interview should do for the reader and that is why it gets my vote as Best Interview of the Year.