His wife is a veterinarian. While he was helping her study, they came across the animal disease nicknamed "Bumblefoot". He liked the name, so it became the subject of his first album (The Adventures of Bumblefoot, 1995), and subsequently his band name.
Eventually fans just started calling him...
I hate competition in music, but Bumble's skill level is off the charts. He's the pinnacle of what can be done on the instrument, from what I've seen. Nevermind that he can sing in any register.
Love Petrucci, for the record. Huge influence.
Huge fan. I got into Van Halen right around the time that 5150 came out. I was young enough that I didn't understand the videos I was seeing on MTV for 1984, were the same band that was playing on 5150. I loved both.
Still love both eras, even though I have to tune out David Lee Roth. Cannot...
That I love teaching more than playing in public. When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be like Vai, Evh and Satriani. Guitar magazines, endorsements and all that. Didn't know I was too introverted to really enjoy performing for others all that much.
Steve was always positive about the gig. I have to admit, I am of the same mind as the original commenter. I never got the appeal of Deep Purple, as much as I respect their contribution.
I was always happy for him, as I know he wasn't being financially compensated in a manner I believe would be...
He is possibly the nicest person I have ever met. I got to meet him in Orlando back in the early 2000s, when he would sit in for G3 encores.
He spent so much time with me, and was so patient. I had asked for a photo. He asked me what kind of camera I was using (it was a disposable kodak thing)...
This is my personal hell. I HATE the insertion of music into other things. My mother puts on obnoxious smooth jazz and Santana during family gatherings. Not to mention grocery stores, youtube videos, TV shows that have some melodramatic pop song during serious scenes. So distracting.
Steve is my all time hero. So sorry to hear of his wife's struggles. For selfish reasons, I've wanted him to leave for years. I wanted more music from Steve. It sucks that he has to leave due to a situation like this.
How old DP fans treated him has always bothered me, but it's been nice seeing...
EVH, Ty Tabor, Jerry Cantrell, and Steve Morse all had a big impact on how I approach accompaniment.
A lot of it is subtle adjustments and decisions, so I feel great rhythm playing is easily overlooked.
The big 5 for me when I first picked it up in 90 were:
Morse is definitely the biggest influence, overall. I was obsessed with everything the other guys did until my mid-20s.
Still love them all.