Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, ex Guns N’ Roses guitar slinger, now with Sons of Apollo progressive metal supergroup, hit the stage for the Saturday portion of Blue Feather Music Festival.
Borrowed acoustic guitar in hand, Bumblefoot didn’t just take the stage, he owned the stage. Melding virtuoso guitar and powerhouse vocals, Bumblefoot swept the audience away with a selection of tunes including a dazzling rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused; The Beatles; Queen; and a sprinkling of original material for added flavor.
In between the music, Bumblefoot created an intimate and friendly atmosphere with his banter and sense of humor.
What's the attraction of coming to Whitehorse to play the Blue Feather Music Festival?
I met Gary backstage at a Killer Dwarfs show in Calgary this past June. He told me about the festival, the background, and the Dwarfs are very supportive of it. When Gary invited me to play, I was grateful; an immediate YES 🙂
Any highlights from the weekend you would like to share?
Every moment was a highlight, from meeting everyone to the great performances to the welcoming audience to the delicious fish to the helicopter ride to the dog sledding to seeing old friends to the new friends made; and watching Stevie Salas’ “Rumble” documentary there, one of the top music documentaries I’ve ever seen.
If you could jam with any guitarist, past or present, who would it be and why?
Allan Holdsworth. I could never get a grasp of his approach, and would have loved to see “hands on” what choices he’d make in spontaneous moments.
Who are some of your favorite guitarists?
I started young. As a kid growing up in the seventies, it was Angus, Ace Frehley, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page. It was hearing Eddie Van Halen for the first time that changed everything for me – made me really into exploring guitar more.
Best guitar related purchase you've ever made for less than $100?
A METRONOME. A most valuable tool that never becomes obsolete.
You're stranded on a desert island and you can only bring three albums. What do you bring?
Yes Going For the One, and any two ’66 – ’67 era Beatles albums. 🙂
Best advice for aspiring guitarists?
Always be genuine and express yourself truthfully; be the real authentic you. Sure, we all want to develop our technique, but what you do with it – your style, your sound, your heart – that’s what counts. We all have unique souls. Share yours.
Can we look forward to seeing you next year at Blue Feather?
If Blue Feather will have me again…? 🙂
Essential Bumblefoot Listening
25+ years of releases; TV, film and video game soundtracks; produced albums; collaborations; guest spots – over 600 releases last I counted. Hmm… here’s a list 🙂