Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is a working class musician. Over the past twenty years, Thal has 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 for various media formats. Thal joined Guns N' Roses in 2006, filling the position vacated by guitarist Buckethead. What some would consider a "dream gig," never really garnered Thal the success and status one would assume would go hand in hand, with such a high profile gig. Recording on GNR's sixth studio album, the heavily anticipated 'Chinese Democracy' (released in 2008), was somewhat of a double edged sword, as while Thal played on what is perhaps the biggest album of his career, his six string prowess got lost in the mix. With there being no clear credits on the record, attributing who played what on the songs, many assumed most of the exotic soloing on 'Chinese Democracy' was provided by his similarly styled predecessor, Buckethead. And when it came to tour for the record, Thal wound up taking the back seat in the lead guitar dept. to the 'dreamy eyed'
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In Late 2014, Thal announced that he was 'focusing on his solo career,' as he stated in response to being asked about Guns N' Roses. He said he was "avoiding the whole subject [right now]" and that he was "honoring a request to not make any public statements" about his status with Guns N' Roses, adding that it "continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in." So while the whole GNR thing seems to be up in the air, Bumblefoot released his 10th solo CD entitled, 'Little Brother Is Watching' in February of this year. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey. In addition to promoting his current solo CD, Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include the band Generation Kill & DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and his recent teaming up with Scott Weiland, in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.
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