RON “BUMBLEFOOT” THAL: ON THE TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER
on December 17, 2013
- It is a remake of one of dell'esilarante film series starring
Peter Sellers , although like the famous film , who , Sunday,
December 15 , was present at the Crossroads is certainly fun and
Ron " Bumblefoot " Thal as is his wont, which is a true artist ,
wowed the audience with its varied repertoire , interpreting and
ranging over a long series of songs with ease and natural , of
Continuing the theme of cinema, the Oscar we can certainly
assign to Massimo Aversano , that the great director has been
able to find , once again this year to present a worthy
protagonist in his club .
The cast that has accompanied on stage the eclectic guitarist of
Guns n 'Roses , on Sunday we also had the pleasure of admiring
Dennis Leeflang (drums), Simone Massimi (bass) and Nazarene
Zacconi (guitar) .
Very discreetly Ron reaches the scene , prepare the equipment ,
greets me ( he remembered me already met the "Guitar Night" Cascina , near Pisa ), and urges all present to come closer to
the show .
"Abnormal" is the opening track and is immediately rock'n'roll
genius and technicality , the acrobatic guitarist enchants with
its magic , expertly mixing various styles.
They range from the profligacy of the "Real" in the most
lilting "Some Other Guy" , just to give a proof of his
executive talent both compositional and singing with his voice
is capable to shape itself to rock more rude than to the refined
example in "Turn Around" or "Simple Days" .
"Guitars Suck" is an example of his innate qualities of axeman
, one shredding that is not of this earth , there are many
techniques used during the solo , a mix of fast and sharp notes
: pure virtuosity .
In support of his inspiration, is of course the tremendous work
of the rest of the band : the other aggressive guitar riffs of
the Nazarene and the full-bodied bass sound of Simon, create a
basis on which Ron can have fun with your fingers on the strings
of his double handle.
It goes nicely with the cheerful "Normal" and then, among other
things, with "Rockstar For A Day", "Last Time" to get to "Guitars Still Suck" where the country meets Zappa to prove , as
if proof were
need , again
And so between jokes and hilarious interludes with the public,
the setlist continues with "Overloaded" and then "The Color
Of Justice" and by the hues of the latter to the more raw and
intense harmonics "Shadow" to eventually reach masterpiece with
the review of "the Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini : just
Bumblefoot beyond itself , in my opinion, more than it did in
the previous occasion of Cascina, with a show more marked on the
creativity and the desire to give vent to his "madness" and
So much so that after "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" while
running the tuning of his guitar in the silence of the
Crossroads, jokingly asks: "Scream for me, Rome" ( imitating
Dickinson of Iron Maiden ) and now Dennis Leeflang , who already
"tortured" his drums , beating like a madman , he mentions the
intro of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" and Ron immediately
follows the wheel in a cover ( not provided ) that highlights
all the headbangers ( myself included ) .
We are the highlight of the evening , before a final , Thal
makes us pay tribute to "Dash" , with a long , intense and
Ron descends and crosses the room continuing to play walking
among the audience , who approached him in ecstasy , touch it ,
take it back with mobile phones and cameras , and he, always
playing , takes pictures with his fans.
An exciting time.
Back on the stage sudden some jam with the rest of the group ,
mentioning a song by The Police ( " Can not Stand Losing You " ,
but personally I would have done without it) , and also " More
Than A Feeling" by Boston, thus starting
the various demands of the public who starts to scream titles
and names : Led Zeppelin, Bad Company , Judas Priest .
"We are a cover band?" Says Bumblefoot "Do you want some fuc**ng Priest?" And go with "Running Wild" .
But you go back on the tracks of the " normal," just long enough
to listen to some inevitable part of the GNR , including "Sweet
Child O' Mine", "Estranged", inviting a group of guys to go
up on stage to sing in his place,
and "Don't Cry", for an enthralling final with chants .
Greeted by prolonged applause , the sympathetic Bumblefoot
remains on the stage , and with great availability in turn
brings us to autographs and photos.
Upon my arrival , smiling warmly shakes my hand : "How are you?
Nice to meet you again and thanks for coming."
Thank you Ron , for the art that , in this circumstance , you
have given us .