In an absolute first, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, former Guns N’Roses guitarist, gave a concert in Prahova at the end of this week. Alongside other musicians, the rock star took part in a mega-concert whose venue is unusual for such a musical genre – the stage of the ‘Paul Constantinescu’ Philharmonic in Ploiesti. Apart from Prahova, the guitarist will also give a concert in Bucharest, on the day he turns 48. Ploiesti’s ‘Paul Constantinescu’ Philharmonic’ hosted on Friday an unusual event for music fans, involving adrenaline and authentic rock. And that is because Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal – former Guns N’Roses guitarist – and his band took part in a Warm-up Concert that is part of the ‘Day of Guitars 5’ Festival. He took to the stage alongside drummer Kyle Hughes, Dino Fiorenza – bass, and Stefano Xotta – secondary guitar.
Ron handled the main guitar and voice, in an “incendiary” show. The event in Ploiesti, followed by the one in Bucharest – at Club Fabrica, on September 25 – will preface the ‘Day of Guitars 5,’ an ample event that will take place next May. International music producer and guitarist known at global level for his virtuosity and talent, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal is an American composer and song writer with over 20 years of experience on the stage. As solo guitarist for Guns N’Roses, Bumblefoot topped the bill at the most important rock festivals and concerts in the world, leaving his mark through his unique ‘fretless’ style in the album ‘Chinese Democracy’ (2008). Alongside his band, also called ‘Bumblefoot,’ Ron has launched numerous albums and a DVD Live.
Apart from being an on-stage musician, over the years he also has been an engineer, orchestrator, composer of TV jingles, as well as musical production professor at a university in New York. Ronald Jay ‘Ron’ Blumenthal, whose stage name is Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, was the lead guitarist of Guns N’Roses from 2006 to 2014, at the recommendation of Joe Satriani. In the last 20 years, he has also worked with numerous bands and artists, as producer, engineer, song writer, orchestrator and singer. Born on 25 September 1969, he wanted to play bass guitar when he was 5. Fascinated with the personality of Gene Simmons, Kiss’s bass guitarist, he went to a music store and asked the owner to teach him to play the bass guitar. Since the instrument was bigger than he was, he was advised to use a small acoustic guitar for two years and then move on to the bass guitar.
Thus, at the age of seven, he had his own band and was recording songs in his basement. It is worth pointing out that the rock star’s presence in Romania will have a double impact for his fans, considering that he will turn 48 on the very day of his concert in Bucharest, on September 25. At the same time, at the Warm-up Party in Bucharest, Bumblefoot will also reveal a part of the line-up of the ‘Day of Guitars 5’ Festival and its exact date. The ‘Day of Guitars’ is a unique concept proposed by Italy’s Corrado Sgandurra in 2009.
Living in Romania, the Italian guitarist devised an original festival dedicated not just to guitarists but to rock fans in general. The festival has hosted numerous guitarists of international renown, who not only gave recitals but also shared the secrets of playing the guitar during master classes organised – for education and cultural purposes – during the event. Its main purpose being to educate young Romanian musicians and to raise the qualitative level of instrumental performance, the festival allows access free of charge, encouraging young talents to enrich their musical knowledge.