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RON THAL (aka BUMBLEFOOT)
Interviewer: Describe your style in 3 words or less.
Ron Thal: "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
This describes Ron Thal (aka "Bumblefoot") and his music perfectly. An obnoxious punky attitude, mixed with off-center abstract intellectuality, and a sense that he's just being himself with you - whether playing lead guitar onstage with Guns N' Roses in front of 100,000 people headlining a European festival, or in a one-on-one conversation.
Since the early 90's Ron has released 9 CDs, a live DVD, had numerous appearances on compilation CDs and as a guest performer for other artists, appeared on magazine covers, and toured internationally headlining venues and guitar festivals. In 2008 Ron released the "Abnormal" album, described as "Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a quirky Zappa-esque twist..."
As a child, Ron would play Bach pieces with his feet. Today, his guitar-work can also be heard with Guns N' Roses on the "Chinese Democracy" album, the Latin acoustic guitar of Jessica Simpson's "Irresistible" dance mix, and as far as CNN-Turkey station IDs. Live, he's just as diverse, whether an arena tour with GNR or at fundraisers (notably with Nancy Sinatra, Cyndi Lauper, composer Fahir Atakoglu, and jazz legend Allen Toussaint.)
A record producer and songwriter for artists and publishing companies often working out of his own studio in Princeton NJ, he has written theme songs and background music for shows on MTV/VH1, FuseTV, CW, SpikeTV, Oxygen Network, Carlin Publishing, and SEGA, SSI and Atari videogames.
Ron is a Professor at SUNY Purchase College teaching music production, does guitar clinics around the world, and writes articles for music magazines.
Future endeavors include cartoon voice-overs and his own line of hot sauce.