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June 26, 2014 11:52 am

Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

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Bumblefoot with his 'hamsa' pendant

Bumblefoot with his 'hamsa' pendant

Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s “Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common?

I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right?

Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic lil’ instrumental version of Hatikva.

“…Bumblefoot had played an electric guitar solo of ‘Hatikvah’ (The Hope) when Guns N’ Roses stopped in Israel during their 2012 European tour. It was basically a Jewish Jimi Hendrix moment,” Darren said on his blog.

“So when Bumblefoot leaned up against the couch and started riffing on his acoustic guitar, I nonchalantly blurted out ‘Up for some Hatikvah?'”

Totally good call, dude.

“Yeah, everyone else in the room probably thought ‘Hatikvah’ was a new kind of bean dip and didn’t recognize the tune. But the three of us did — and this 52-second private concert instantly ranked in my Top 5 moments of Jewish pride.”

Darren? Habibi, decades, nay, centuries of Jewish rock gods are smiling down on you at this moment, thanks to your well-timed “blurt.”

Can we get a “Mazal Tov” shoutout to Darren, here, folks?

And now, on to the musical part of our evening’s entertainment:

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  • Gwendoline Kery

    He stole this idea Marty Friedman a better guitarist, who has been doing this for over decade. Someone even commented on one of Friedman’s versions , at a Tel Aviv club someone recorded and posted on YT, that he already was the Jewish Hendrix for doing the national anthem, also you’re not Hendrix if it’s not loud and electric like Marty’s was.

  • a yid

    hope he records that, it was beautifully done

  • Jenny P

    Awesome! Go Thal!!

  • Okay. The mama in me is happy. Always a pleasure to see when a rock star gets back in touch with his Nice Jewish Boy self. 🙂

  • Thank you, this is one of my favourite tunes.

  • Mike B

    I should have learned to play guitar in high school instead of soccer.

  • art

    beautiful. We would like to hear him do other Jewish songs

  • citizenstat

    The rock god rocks for G-d and Eretz!!!

  • yosel G

    Rock on

  • Michael

    Hatikva forever. Thank you. Michael.

  • Elihu

    Very nice.