Bumblefoot Rocked Helsinki

Ambassador Adams with Michael Monroe and Ron Thal (© State Dept.)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal with his double-neck Vigier guitar (© State Dept.)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal with his double-neck Vigier guitar (© State Dept.)

American guitarist, songwriter, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal rocked Helsinki this September. The two-day visit was packed with music workshops, performances, interviews, and intensive jam sessions with some lucky young musicians.

In sessions at the Pop & Jazz conservatory, Harju youth center, and Kallio performing arts high school, Ron shared stories, guitar techniques, advice on song-writing and the creative process, and finding one’s own style.

The visit culminated in a reception at the U.S. Embassy Finland that spontaneously turned into an incredible exclusive performance by Ron, who also shared the stage with a special guest, vocalist Michael Monroe.  The two stars took song requests throughout the night from Ambassador Adams and Embassy guests.