Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
|Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal|
Bumblefoot performing live with Guns N' Roses in Helsinki Finland on June 5, 2010.
|Birth name||Ronald Jay Blumenthal|
|Also known as||Bumblefoot|
September 25, 1969 |
New York City
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, guitarist, producer, photographer|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, drums|
|Labels||Bumblefoot Music, LLC|
|Associated acts||Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford, Salem, Cilver|
|Several Vigier custom models
Gibson Les Paul
Ronald Jay Blumenthal (born September 25, 1969), better known by his stage name Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, is an American guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and producer. Thal adopted the name Bumblefoot from the bacterial infection of the same name, which he learned about while helping his wife's review for her veterinary exams. He is one of the co-lead guitarists in Guns N' Roses (along with DJ Ashba) and performs on their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. Since the early 90s, Thal has released 9 CDs and a live DVD. His 1995 debut studio album, The Adventures of Bumblefoot, after being out of print for many years, was re-released in 2010 as a 15 Year Anniversary Edition CD. In commemoration of the Anniversary Edition release, a 200-page transcription book of the recording was also released which Thal himself transcribed.
Thal has appeared as a guest performer on other albums and on numerous compilation CD's. He's been the cover feature of several International guitar magazines as well as the subject of many print, radio and web interviews. Over the past twenty years, Thal has also worked with numerous bands and artists as producer, engineer, writer, arranger and performer. He has also written, and continues to write, TV jingles, theme songs and background music. From January through December 2011, Thal has recorded 9 singles which are available exclusively as digital downloads. Thal is also on the board of directors of the MS Research Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) org that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research.
Growing up Jewish on Staten Island, in the Bay Terrace neighborhood, he was inspired by Kiss and their album Alive! at age six, Thal says his earliest musical goal was to play "like Gene Simmons if someone decided to do a Kiss version of Beatlemania". At the time his hands were too small for bass, so he focused his attention on guitar, while his brother, Jeff, played drums instead. He began playing copy tunes in clubs just five years later, and then focused on creating original material on his home 8-track. He entered a Sam Ash Guitar Solo Contest, played a spontaneous solo, and walked off with first prize. After submitting a demo tape to Mike Varney at Shrapnel Records, Varney featured Thal in the Spotlight New Talent column in Guitar Player Magazine's August 1989 issue. Upon hearing the material, Varney had this to say about Thal's playing – "Ron sent us a tape with four songs on it...Thal's demo tape is amongst the most impressive I've ever received. With its clever melodies, contrapuntal lines, intricate rhythms, and ultra-complex ensemble sections, Ron's sheer musicality will surely gain him much acclaim (the demo featured "The Shuck Duffle", "Love Soup" and "Chopin Fantasie").
Guns N' Roses
After a recommendation by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Thal joined Guns N' Roses filling the position vacated by guitarist Buckethead. Thal made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006 and he also performs on the bands sixth studio album Chinese Democracy, released in 2008. Thal is currently on an international tour with Guns N' Roses.
Thal's song "Firebrand" was used as the opening theme for the TV show MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge), the American adaptation of Takeshi's Castle. He has also written and performed the theme song to VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, an edit of his song "Day To Remember" on his Forgotten Anthology album. Thal has licensed several of his recordings to television shows on MTV and VH1 such as Hogan Knows Best, The Real World, Made, The Osbournes, and others. Thal also wrote and recorded the music for the New York Islanders Hockey Team 2008–2009 season promos.
In 2006, Thal's song "Breaking", from the album Normal, was contributed to the album project Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged kids in need.
In 2007, after 14 months of recording and touring with Guns N' Roses, Thal began recording his Abnormal CD. During this time, Thal also recorded and mixed the audio of live performances on the TV show Talking Metal on Fuse. Thal performed a cover of "Running Wild" by Judas Priest along with Frank Ferrer on the pilot episode. Thal also performed on the final episode of the show, accompanying Zakk Wylde in an original song "Til the End" written live on the show. In July 2008 Thal released the Abnormal CD. In November Chinese Democracy was released, with Thal hosting the listening party in NYC. In December 2008 Thal released Barefoot – The Acoustic EP, which consists of stripped-down acoustic versions of songs from his previous albums. Thal had fans choose one of the songs he would record.
In February 2009, Thal produced an all-instrumental metal guitar compilation CD entitled "Guitars That Ate My Brain." He oversaw the writing, recording and mixing for half the album (co- writing, engineering and mixing as well as guitar and bass playing by Jeremy Krull, drums by Dennis Leeflang), contributed his playing to the song "Disengaged" and mastered the album. Other artists on the album include Devin Townsend, Chris Poland, Shane Gibson, Dave Martone, Paul Waggoner, and James Murphy.
In December 2009, Thal began touring with Guns N' Roses on the Chinese Democracy World Tour.
In August 2010 his solo debut The Adventures of Bumblefoot, which had been out of print, was re-released as a 15 Year Anniversary Edition complete with additional bonus tracks. In October 2010, Thal took time out while on tour with Guns N' Roses to give advice and perform with students of The Witchwood School Of Rock in Witney, UK along with Guns N' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer. During the event they played several classic Guns N' Roses tracks, including "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" with Gavin Felvus and Nile Shephard from UK tribute band Guns 2 Roses.
On October 3, 2012, the Dubai-based rock band Point of View officially launched their debut album "Revolutionize the Revolutionary" at the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, with a concert featuring Thal as a special guest.
From January 2011 through December 2011, Thal released a series of singles available as digital downloads. Thal's first single was a cover of the 1967 Motown hit "Bernadette" by The Four Tops. His next single was another cover, this time The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever". He released his third single, an original song called "Invisible" in March 2011. In April 2011, Thal released a cover of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and an original song called "Father" was released in May 2011. Thal released his sixth single, an original song called "Cat Fight", in June 2011 featuring Mark Tornillo of the band Accept on vocals. "There's a Kind of Hush" (recorded by Herman's Hermits in 1967 and The Carpenters in 1976) is Thal's seventh single which was released in July 2011. Let Your Voice Be Heard is Thal's eighth single released in September 2011. In December 2011, Thal released a cover of The Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini. This is Thal's last single in the digital download series for 2011.
|As Ron Thal|
|1995||The Adventures of Bumblefoot|
|2010||The Adventures of Bumblefoot (15 Year Anniversary Edition)|
|2004||Live at the RMA (DVD Release)|
|2008||Barefoot – The Acoustic EP|
|2011||Bernadette (First song in a series of digitally released singles – January 2011)|
|2011||Strawberry Fields Forever (Second song in a series of digitally released singles – February 2011)|
|2011||Invisible (Third song in a series of digitally released singles – March 2011)|
|2011||Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Fourth song in a series of digitally released singles – April 2011)|
|2011||Father (Fifth song in a series of digitally released singles – May 2011)|
|2011||Cat Fight (Sixth song in a series of digitally released singles June 2011)|
|2011||There's A Kind of Hush (Seventh song in a series of digitally released singles – July 2011)|
|2011||Let Your Voice Be Heard (Eighth song in a series of digitally released singles – September 2011)|
|2011||The Pink Panther Theme (Ninth song in a series of digitally released singles – December 2011)
|With Guns N' Roses|
|With Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers|
|2013||Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers featuring Bumblefoot|
|2001||Jessica Simpson (Hex Hector club mix)||"Irresistible" – CD single||Guitarist and co-engineer|
|2003||Q*Ball||Q*Ball in Space||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||Shawn Lane Remembered Vol 2||Guest fretless guitar solo on Richard Daude's song "From the Inside"|
|2004||Mistheria||Messenger of the Gods||Guest guitar solo in the song "Dynasty of Death"|
|2005||Phi Yann-Zek||Solar Flare||Guest guitar solo in the song "Psychometamorph" – (Thal on synth guitar – right channel)|
|2005||Q*Ball||Fortune Favors The Bald||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2005||Freak Kitchen||Organic||Guest vocals and fretless guitar on the song "Speak When Spoken To"|
|2005||Christophe Godin||Metal Kartoon||Guest fretless guitar solo on the song "Metal Kartoon"|
|2005||Julien Damotte & Fufux||Papa NoHell (unreleased)||Guest guitar solo on Christmas song 'Papa NoHell' by Julien Damotte & Fufux|
|2006||Mike Orlando||Sonic Stomp||Guest fretless guitar solos on the song "Game Over"|
|2006||24-7 Spyz||Face The Day||Guest guitarist|
|2006||Guthrie Govan||Erotic Cakes||Guest fretless guitar solos on the song "Rhode Island Shred"|
|2007||Various Artists||The Alchemists II||Guest fretless guitar solo on Terry Syrek's song "Threehundredpointtwentyone"|
|2007||Q*Ball||This Is Serious Business||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2007||Jordan Rudess||The Road Home||Guitar solo on "Tarkus" (@19m10s) & fretless guitar solo on "Just The Same" (@3m22s)|
|2009||Orelsan||Perdu D'avance||Guest guitar solo on the song "La Peur De Lechec"|
|2009||Swashbuckle||Back To the Noose||Guest guitar solos on the songs "Cruise Ship Terror" and "Rounds of Rum"|
|2009||Various Artists||OCC Rocks||Performed with Orange County Choppers Band – guest guitar solo on the song "Cold Sweat"|
|2009||Various Artists||We Wish You A Metal Christmas EP||Guest guitar solo on the song "Frosty the Snowman"|
|2010||Liberty N' Justice||Light It Up||Guest guitar solos on the song "Wrestling With God"|
|2010||Ty Tabor||Something's Coming||Guest guitar solo on the song "Free Yourself"|
|2010||Indestructible Noise Command||Bleed the Line||Guest guitar solo on the song "Rain"|
|2011||Scarlet Haze||Reach Down||Laid music tracks for the song "Reach Down"|
|2011||Fredrik Pihl||Silhouettes||Guest guitar solo on title track "Silhouettes"|
|2011||Rick Devin||Tush (Single)||Guest guitar solo on the track "Tush"|
|2011||Various Artists||Embrace the Sun (Japan Tsunami Relief CD)||Guest guitar solo on Milan Polak's song "End of Time"|
|2011||Plug-In||Hijack||Guest guitar solo on the song "Ron to the Hill"|
|2013||Rick Devin||Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s||Guest guitar solo on the track "Tush"|
|1992||Various Artists||Ominous Guitarists From the Unknown||Includes "Chopin Fantasie." Co-produced "Story Teller" by Rich Kern|
|1992||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 2||Includes "The Shuck Duffle" (renamed "Blue Tongue" on The Adventures of Bumblefoot)|
|1993||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 3||Includes "Love Soup"|
|1994||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 4||Includes "Bumblefoot" from The Adventures of Bumblefoot|
|1996||Various Artists||SEGA Power Cuts 1||Includes songs from the Sega CD video game Wild Woody soundtrack|
|1996||Various Artists||Super Guitar Heroes Vol. 1, 2, & 3||Includes "Chopin Fantasie" (OGFTU), "Blue Tongue" & "Rinderpest" (The Adventures of Bumblefoot)|
|1997||Various Artists||Ondes De Choc||Includes "Hermit" and "Freak" from Hermit|
|1997||Various Artists||Hard Beats From Hell||Includes the title track from Hermit|
|1998||Various Artists||Guitar & Bass No. 50||Includes "Chair Ass" from Hands|
|2000||Various Artists||Rock Sound, Volume 45||Includes "T-Jonez" from Uncool|
|2001||Various Artists||Fretless Guitar Masters||Includes "Lost" and "RayGun" from 9.11|
|2002||Various Artists||The Alchemists||Includes "Mafalda" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2003||Soundtrack||Outlaw Volleyball: Music From The Game||Includes "Meat" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2005||Various Artists||Village of the Unfretted||Includes "Mafalda" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2006||Various Artists||Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids||Includes "Breaking" from Normal|
|2006||Various Artists||CMJ – On Air, Vol. 12||Includes "Rockstar for a Day" from Normal|
|2008||Various Artists||FMQB – SubModern #021 Specialty Show Sampler||Includes title track from Abnormal. Also mixed and co-produced|
|2009||Various Artists||Guitars That Ate My Brain||Includes the song "Disengaged." Also mixed, co-produced and mastered|
|2009||Various Artists||This Is Shredding, Vol. 1||Includes "Blue Tongue" from The Adventures of Bumblefoot. Also mixed and co-produced|
|2000||Various Artists||Crushing Days – A Tribute To Joe Satriani||Tribute to Joe Satriani CD. Covered "Always With You, Always With Me”|
|2001||Various Artists||Warmth in the Wilderness – A Tribute to Jason Becker||Performed a duet solo with guitarist Mike Chlasciak for the song "Out Jam"|
|2002||Lounge Brigade||Sabbath in the Suburbs: The Lounge Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath||Thal, as balladeer crooner "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft", sings Iron Man, Paranoid and Bark at the Moon|
|2002||Lounge Brigade||The Sweet Sounds of Slim Shady: The Lounge Tribute to Eminem||Thal, once again, as crooner "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft" and also as "Checkers Goldstein". Songs include "Without Me", "Cleaning Out My Closet" "My Name Is" and "Soldier”|
|2003||Lounge Brigade||The Lounge Below: The Lounge Tribute to Outkast||A lounge-style tribute to Outkast. Produced by Thal and featuring "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft" on vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||The Spirit Lives On – The Music of Jimi Hendrix Revisited, Volume 1||Covered "Fire". (With Dennis Leeflang on drums)|
|1987||AWOL||AWOL – EP||Thal's six-song EP of his band Awol|
|1995||Soundtrack||Wild Woody SEGA CD video game||Composed and performed entire soundtrack|
|2002||Carlin Music Publishing||Library CD #331 Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal||Songs written by Thal exclusively for Carlin Publishing|
|2003||Soundtrack||Outlaw Volleyball Xbox video game||Music includes "Meat" from Thal's Forgotten Anthology CD|
|2004||Soundtrack||Test Drive: Eve of Destruction PlayStation 2 video game||Music includes Thal's "American Rock-n-Roll" from Carlin Music Publishing's Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal CD|
|2005||Carlin Music Publishing||Library CD #356 Rap & Hip Hop||Songs written by Thal exclusively for Carlin Publishing|
|2010||Soundtrack||Rig 'N' Roll PC video game||Music includes Thal's "American Rock-n-Roll" from Carlin Music Publishing's Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal CD|
|1996||Boiler Room||Low Society||Engineered / Produced. Self-released debut CD of NYC nu-metal band|
|1996||Various Artists||God Shave the Queen||Engineered / Produced, co-wrote, Performed bass, guitar, keys|
|1996||Indecision||Unorthodox||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1997||Inhuman||Evolver||Engineered / Co-produced. NYC band's first full-length CD|
|1998||Indecision||Most Precious Blood||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1998||Evoken||Embrace the Emptiness||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1998||Various Artists||Lost Voices||Engineered / Produced. Tribute album to Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. Produced the group Tyris performing the Doors' song "Love Her Madly"|
|1999||Future Chicken Farmers||Future Chicken Farmers||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1999||Pat O'May||Breizh / Amerika||Co-engineered / Produced|
|1999||Inhuman||Rebellion||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2000||Various Artists||Hell Rules 2 – A Tribute To Black Sabbath||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2000||Anomos/Stealth||From Here On...||Engineered / Co-produced, mixed and mastered. Performed guitar, choir arrangements|
|2000||Various Artists||Crushing Days – A Tribute To Joe Satriani||Engineered / Produced|
|2000||Evoken||Quietus||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2002||The Wage of Sin||Product of Deceit And Loneliness||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2001||Most Precious Blood||Nothing in Vein||Engineered / Produced|
|2001||One Second Thought||Self Inflicted||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2002||Troy Kurtis (former of Menudo)||Demo||Engineered / Produced. Co-writing, performed all music|
|2002||Q*Ball||In Space||Engineered / Co-produced / Performed guitar, backing vocals|
|2003||Cathy-Ann||Honey Wagon||Engineered / Produced, Performed all music except acoustic guitar/vocals|
|2004||Q*Ball||Fortune Favors the Bald||Engineered / Produced, some Co-writing, Performed guitars, backing vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||Bring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N' Roses||Engineered, Produced|
|2004||The Nerve!||The Nerve!||Engineered / Produced|
|2004||Nikki Sorrentino||Demo||Engineered, Produced. Wrote and performed music|
|2005||Evoken||Antithesis of Light||Engineered / Produced|
|2005||Zachary Fischer Band||On Borrowed Time||Engineered / Produced|
|2006||24-7 Spyz||Face the Day||Engineered, co-produced, guest guitar solos|
|2007||Q*Ball||This Is Serious Business||Engineered, produced, some co-writing, performed guitars, backing vocals|
|2007||Hurricane||Abaybay (Rock Re-mix)||Engineered, produced, performed|
|2007||Return To Earth||Captains of Industry||Co-engineered, co-produced, performed some backing vocals|
|2007||Talking Metal on Fuse||FuseTV (November 2007 – March 2008)||Engineered, produced, performed|
|2010||Return To Earth||Automata||Mixed, co-produced|
|2012||Alexa Vetere||Breathe Again||Co-writer, rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals, engineered/produced, mixed & mastered|
|2012||Poc||Rise Above||Co-writer, all music & backing vocals, engineered/produced, mixed & mastered|
|2010||"Better"(Guns N' Roses teaser)||Dale Resteghini|
Thal is an endorser of Vigier Guitars. The company produces a signature Excalibur model for Thal named "Bfoot" and a custom shaped double neck with a fretless neck on top and a fretted neck on the bottom called the "DoubleBFoot"
- Excalibur Custom Clear Black
- Excalibur Surfreter Supra Antique Violin
- BumbleFoot Custom Shaped Guitar
- Vigier Cheese Guitar
- Excalibur Bfoot Edition
- Kibin A-style
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- "This Is Shredding, Vol. 1 CD Album". Cduniverse.com. March 3, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Guitars That Ate My Brain: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "GitarPlus magazine (Indonesia) NOV 2009". Bumblefoot.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Six Strings and a Dream: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal’s Tips for Working Guitarists". Bumblefoot.com. December 14, 2010. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Bumblefoot interview – Axe magazine (Italy)- MAY 2009". Bumblefoot.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "The official website". Bumblefoot. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Official MS Research Foundation website". Msrf.org. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
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- "Ron Thal a.k.a. Bumblefoot Audio Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. April 3, 2006. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- "GUITARIST NETWORK magazine – SEPTEMBER 1993". Bumblefoot.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
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- Song Finder // Songs // Rock Band®. Rockband.com. Retrieved on May 20, 2011.
- Song Finder // Songs // Rock Band®. Rockband.com. Retrieved on May 20, 2011.
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- Albums by Ron Thal – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at. Last.fm (February 11, 2009). Retrieved on May 20, 2011.
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-  tonyharnell.com Retrieved on February 29, 2014.
- "iTunes – Music – Tush (feat. Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal) – Single by Rick Devin". Itunes.apple.com. May 15, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Rick Devin | Tush (feat. Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal) – SIngle". CD Baby. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Bumblefoot – T. Jonez". YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Details of Excalibur Bfoot Signature – Vigier". Vigierguitars.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "DoubleBfoot". Vigierguitars.co.uk. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Official site
- Bumblefoot Facebook page
- Bumblefoot Twitter page
- Bumblefoot MySpace page
- Bumblefoot YouTube channel
- Last.fm page
- Interview on what-music.com