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2023.11.20 - The Heavy Hooks Show - Interview with Bumblefoot

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Post by Blackstar Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:27 am

Excerpts from Killer Guitar Rigs:
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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal looked back on one of his weirdest on-stage moments. While appearing in a recent edition of “The Heavy Hooks Show,” Bumblefoot recalled how one of his guitars started falling apart during a live set, right at the moment when he was doing his solo spot.

“I had this guitar that looked like a foot,” Thal recalled while recalling some of his “Spinal Tap moments” over his career (transcribed by Killer Guitar Rigs). “It looks like ‘The Adventures of Bumblefoot’ character on that album — like this human foot with black and yellow stripes, a stinger, and bee wings.”

The album Ron mentioned here is his debut solo record from 1995. And the foot-shaped guitar is something he had from the late 1990s, but we’ll get to that later.

“I had a guitar that was like it,” he continued, “where you push down the vibrato bar and it would make the wings pop out. So I was taking the solo — I think it was either in Istanbul or Athens; I forget which one, it was one of those shows — and I’m on stage by myself.”

Bumblefoot didn’t mention which band it was or when this happened. It was most likely with Guns N’ Roses in the mid-2000s, but we’ll also get to that later. He continued:

“And it’s one point I’m just making all these crazy noises with the guitar, and then suddenly, I see the bottom wing just going [down]. It’s just sitting there, and it’s just flopping down.”

And things weren’t looking good for his flying foot guitar at that moment, as he recalled:

“I look at my feet, and I see all these pieces of little strips of wood at my feet. I’m like, ‘Oh, no’. And I just look up and I see 10,000 confused people just staring at me, like, waiting to see what I do next.”

Fortunately, Ron is a down-to-earth guy, and he knows how to deal with this properly:

“And I think I did some kind of little dance. Then I went like that, I walked off, I switched guitars, and then I just kept playing and did everything.”

The guitar in question, which was falling apart in his hands as he was playing, was initially conceived by Patrice Vigier, the man behind French guitar brand Vigier Guitars. [...]

[Ultimate Guitar] also mentions this story of the instrument falling apart. And as he revealed in an older interview, this was in Athens, Greece. According to what he said, this was eight years after the instrument’s initial launch, so it was likely sometime around 2007. Ron said:

“The ‘Bumblefoot’ guitar, I’m sort of keeping in retirement right now. Eight years of beating the crap out of it and taking it everywhere. One night in Athens [with Guns N’ Roses], I hit the bar to make the wings pop out, and it just broke open, and the wings fell on the ground.” [...]

https://killerguitarrigs.com/bumblefoot-guitar-falling-apart-mid-show-10000-confused-people/
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