5 SHOTS!!!!! with Ron Thal Bumblefoot

5 SHOTS with Ron Thal Bumblefoot 


PC: Kevin RC Wilson


Trying to think of things people may not know about me, these may be a bit weird...

1. I'm an old-school wrestling fan, going back to the Bob Backlund, Ric Flair, Greg Valentine days. 

2. As of recently, for some reason, I really like looking at Instagram photos of giant hamburgers.  Something about them makes me feel calm.  Check out @burgerlove_aus

3. I fast once or twice a week.  16 to 24 hours - it's like hitting a System Reboot button.  (Maybe that's why I like to look at giant hamburgers...)

4. Every morning before my eyes are fully open, I hit the floor and do 60 push-ups.  I'll then spend an hour reading articles on science, technology, and more. 

5. I'm most comfortable in extreme heat.  I wear jackets when it's 95 degrees and don't break a sweat.  

PC: Catherine


Kiss – Alive (1975)

I was five years old, at my neighbor's house.  There were albums all around, belonging to his older brother and sisters.  Kiss “Alive” had just been released, we curiously put it on...  I just stared at the speakers, blown away, feeling like I was there.  Everything changed in that one moment.  I wanted to be a rock star.  I borrowed a neighbor's acoustic guitar and started writing songs.  By age six, I had a band, we made multi-track demos using multiple cassette recorders, we put on concerts in our backyards and at our elementary school, we'd make cups of homemade confetti for the audience to throw in the air at the end of the show, I even made hand-drawn comic books as merch.  I did everything a musician would do, and never stopped – all inspired by Kiss “Alive”.

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

What I love about the Beatles was George Martin's production.  The ominous cello lines, the intensity of the orchestral arrangements that turned songs into masterpieces, and made me want to become a producer.  Kiss made me want to get on stage, but the Beatles made me truly love music.  I remember being alone at home listening to “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and every time the end of the song came with the dissonant flutes and siren sounding horns, I'd get so spooked I'd always lift the needle right before that part came in.

Yes – Going For the One (1977)

Only five songs, but some of the best arranging and composing I've ever heard.  I remember hearing it for the first time, there was so much going on, all meshing perfectly, it was like a light-switch was flipped and doubled the voltage to all my senses.  That album still blows my mind.

Van Halen – Fair Warning (1981)

I heard this album for the first time when I was twelve years old, it was the first time I heard Van Halen.  I heard the intro to the song “Mean Street.”  I never heard a guitar make that kind of sound.  It changed the way I thought about guitar.  I started getting experimental, coming up with my own techniques, like playing with a thimble ( 
https://youtu.be/AAnG7WD5sBk ).  I started designing and building my own guitars – it all started after hearing Fair Warning.

Iron Maiden – Killers (1981)

I was in a record store, browsing through album covers and pulled out the Killers album.  The album cover got me curious. I went home and listened to it and became an instant Maiden fan.  A half hour later I begged my parents to take me back to the record store so I could get Maiden’s first album.  At age 12 I started painting Iron Maiden album covers on the backs of dungaree jackets, to earn money to buy music gear.  I saved up enough to buy an '83 Ibanez Roadstar guitar that I eventually turned into the “Swiss Cheese” guitar. ( 
http://www.bumblefoot.com/gear/04-swiss-cheese-guitar.php )  This was my main guitar – I toured the world with it and recorded all of my albums with it for thirteen years.

PC: Katarina Benezova


Bumblefoot "Little Brother Is Watching"

Bumblefoot "Don't Know Who to Pray to Anymore"

Art Of Anarchy "The Madness"

Bumblefoot "Pink Panther" guitar solo live w/ 
Guns N' Roses

Bumblefoot "Glad To Be Here"

PC: Karen Sotelo