Lanky, long-haired guitar virtuoso Buckethead’s signature white kabuki mask and KFC Bucket on the top his head are eccentric, to say the least. Costume aside, the iconoclastic California native is an astounding guitarist whose chops encompass the work of Adrian Belew, Bill Laswell, and Kerry King. Like prog innovator Belew, Buckethead’s capable of pulling all manner of unusually shaped sonic creatures from his fretboard. He’s a former protégé of Laswell, playing with the experimental producer/guitarist in Praxis and fashioning his own spacey, minimalist ambient epics. But he’s also a talented metal shredder who even enjoyed a brief tenure in Guns N’ Roses. Indeed, there’s very little the enigmatic performer hasn’t done, collaborating with Bernie Worrell, Les Claypool, Anton Fier, and John Zorn and cutting a swath through metal, rock, prog, funk, experimental, and bluegrass music. With more than 30 largely instrumental studio albums to his credit, the best way to truly appreciate the breadth of Buckethead’s talent is to see him live. His comic garb adds to the otherworldly quality of his playing. You’ll really begin to wonder if he’s even from this planet.
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