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Full Name at Birth
Ronald Jay Blumental
Date of Birth
Claim to Fame
Lead Guitarist of Guns N` Roses
(Pro Wrestler, Actor, Author), Darra Boyd
(Charm School), Claire Unabia
(America's Next Top Model), Axl Rose
(frontman of Guns N' Roses), DJ Ashba
(guitarist of Guns N' Roses), Tommy Stinson
(guitarist of Guns N' Roses), Dizzy Reed
(Pianist of Guns N' Roses), Richard Fortus
(guitarist of Guns N' Roses), Chris Pitman
(pianist of Guns N' Roses), Del James
, Sebastian Bach
(ex-frontman of Skid Row)
Thal got the name "Bumblefoot" from the bacterial infection, which he learned about while helping his wife review for her veterinary exams. Vigier Guitars later made Thal "The Vigier Bumblefoot Guitar", a custom guitar shaped like a foot, painted like a bumblebee, and with decorative wings that extend from the body when activated by the tremolo bar. This was presented to Thal in January 1998 at the NAMM convention in Los Angeles. His song "Firebrand" is the opening theme song for MXC, the American adapation of Takeshi`s Castle.
Thal began talking with Guns N` Roses in July 2004 about working together, and officially joined the band in May 2006. He made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006. They have since toured Europe, North and Central America, Oceania, and Japan. Thal appears on every song of the band`s new album, Chinese Democracy, released November 23, 2008.
Thal wrote the theme song for Eddie Trunk`s "That Metal Show" which premiered November 15, 2008 on VH1 Classic. He has been a featured guest on the show and also attended the taping of the Rush and Ace Frehley episodes. Thal made the music for the NY Islanders hockey team`s promos for the 2008/2009 season. The Bumblefoot CD catalog was released in Europe retail in October 2008, and in North American retail in December 2008. On December 23rd 2008 Bumblefoot released an acoustic EP called "Barefoot", where he took songs from his previous albums and made stripped-down acoustic versions of them. Thal had fans pick the final song he would record for the acoustic EP.
In June 2009, Thal began touring the US and Europe playing guitar alongside Lita Ford in her live band.
TV/film appearances include the show "Wingman" (2009) as a dating/relationship coach, FuseTV`s "Talking Metal on Fuse" (2007/2008) performing alongside Zakk Wylde, a cameo appearance in the movie The Perfect Age of Rock `n` Roll (2008), a music coach on MTV`s Made (2004), and a Fox News appearance on Hannity`s "Great American Panel" (2009).
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