'Professor' BUMBLEFOOT Rips It Up With GUNS N' ROSES

David Novich of The Journal News has issued the following report:

At Purchase College, he is known as professor Ron Thal, an expert in teaching the art of producing music.

But at concerts across Europe, he is known as Bumblefoot, the lead guitarist for GUNS N' ROSES.

Since May, Thal has been touring with Axl Rose and the heavy metal band that rocked the 1980s and early 1990s with such hits as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City".

His fellow faculty and his students couldn't be more psyched.

"I know this gig means a lot to Bumblefoot, and he's excited to be on tour with them," said Joe Ferry, a Purchase College professor who chairs the Studio Production Department. "He is like the most amazingly talented guitarist I've ever known, and he's just a regular guy."

Thal, 36, has been playing before thousands of fans from Spain and Portugal to Hungary and Italy. In an e-mail last week, he said GUNS N' ROSES management asked that he not be interviewed, and he had to honor their wishes.

But several Web sites show that he has been busy overseas. There are photos and videos of him playing guitar, including a solo with the song "Don't Cry".

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