GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was a special guest at SALEM's May 6, 2011 concert at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The event commemorated the re-release of SALEM's cult 1994 album "Kaddish" (originally released by Germany's Morbid Records), an LP which represents the band's personal dirge for the victims of the Holocaust during World War II.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
"I'm a third-generation Holocaust survivor," SALEM's vocalist and leader Zeev Tannenbaum told The Jersulam Post. "My father lost his whole family in the Shoah and escaped from Poland to Russia to Israel. I heard his stories all my childhood about what had occurred to his father and Kaddish was our desperate cry in memory of the horrors that happened to our families. By doing this album, we sent two important messages: We will never forget, and we are here to survive."
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Thal said that he was thrilled to come to Israel and to perform the songs on "Kaddish" with SALEM.
"My family is originally from Lithuania and Poland and my grandparents got out in the late 1920s, but many of their relatives were killed. We have no record at all what happened to them.
"Even though none of my immediate family was killed in the Holocaust, it's something that speaks to every Jew. If it's not the Holocaust, it's the trauma of the Six Day War, and if it's not that, it's the fucking Inquisition. We all feel the sense on a holiday when a family gets together that the gathering would have included seven times as many people if certain events hadn't happened. I think only Jews would understand that only we get it."