Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Rocks Four Cities in Malaysia

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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal playing his double-neck guitar with Tuku’ Kame and resident guitarist Jerry Kamit at a ‘Music under the Stars’ performance at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal showcased a unique aspect of American culture – rock music – during his recent seven day tour of Malaysia. Thal, a renowned musician, writer and producer, traveled with his distinctive double-neck guitar to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. He taught workshops to young aspiring musicians, held concerts for large crowds, including a “Music Under the Stars” concert at the state library in Kuching, which drew over 1,000 enthusiastic spectators. A particular highlight was Thal’s visit to Likas Children and Women’s Hospital in Kota Kinabalu where he held a mini-concert and gave out gift bags to the children provided by the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu (SPArKS). In addition to playing his solos, such as “Sweet Child of Mine” and “Little Boy is Watching,” the award-winning guitarist played many Malaysian songs with the help of local artists, including the popular band Tuke’ Kame. Besides sharing his musical talents, Thal emphasized the importance of hard work, discipline and the often under-valued ethic of “showing up on time.” During his visit to Malaysia, Ron did numerous media engagements, including exclusive appearances with radio, TV and newspaper outlets.