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July 9, 2013 at 7:13 am Quote #27715

PT5150
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What a inspiration this guy is..Did not know his stuff besides working with Roth but sounded like he was (is) very talented.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=192238

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGFDWTC8B8g

JASON BECKER Interviewed By EQUAL TIME TV (Video) – July 8, 2013

In the 28-minute clip below, Equal Time reporter Anthony Bonanno interviewed guitarist Jason Becker, who was a child prodigy at age 15, but later diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Also featured is former San Jose State football player Neil Parry who lost a leg after an injury on the field. Interviewees include musicians Gus G. and Michael Lee Firkins; CEO of Shrapnel Records, Mike Varney; former NFL players Hank Fraley and Greg Lewis; as well as motivational speaker Dan Millman.

The DVD version of the documentary film “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” was released last December in North America via Kino Lorber.

The world premiere of “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet”, took place on March 3, 2012 at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose, California at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

“Not Dead Yet” won two awards at at the Cinequest: Audience Award for Best Documentary and the Special Jury Prize for Documentary.

Jason Becker was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth’s band for the gold-selling 1991 album “A Little Ain’t Enough”. Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar — and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak — Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary.

Even after his once prodigious axe skills left him, Jason’s music continued to earn the respect of his peers. Joe Satriani called 2001′s “Perspectives” — Jason’s first recorded work after losing his motor functions (originally self-released in 1996) — “a triumphantly powerful and beautiful album.” Fellow virtuosos joined the chorus of praise, including Steve Vai, who said, “Jason has discovered a brilliant source of inspiration within himself. His deep soul searching has resulted in a body of music that reveals courage and insight and is deeply moving.”

Jason’s original partner in CACOPHONY, Marty Friedman added, “To call Jason a genius is an understatement. He doesn’t cater to trend, target audiences, marketing gimmicks or anything like that. He plays out the emotions from his heart and makes real music that is a salute to the human spirit. Jason is a prodigy and on ‘Perspectives’ he realizes his miraculous potential.”

Jason’s most recent album, 2008′s “Collection”, is a mix of old recordings and new compositions, with guest guitar work from Satriani, Vai, Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, and Greg Howe.

For more on Jason Becker and his fight with ALS, go to http://www.jasonbeckerguitar.com.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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July 9, 2013 at 11:40 am Quote #27721

Revo11
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The guy was a prodigy, an unbelievable talent. He primarily played in the neo-classical style (similar to Yngwie for example), which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I’m at work right now so I can’t track down the song, but I’ll post a song of his called Perpetual Burn later. Jeff Loomis (a modern-day shredder) posted a great cover video of the song, I’ll track that down as well.


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July 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm Quote #27751

Revo11
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Here is Jeff Loomis covering Jeff Becker’s “Perpetual Motion”. If you don’t like neo-classical then you probably won’t like this, but just appreciate the talent it took for Becker to write and play this when he was 17 years old.



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July 10, 2013 at 5:55 am Quote #27760

PT5150
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Revo11: Here is Jeff Loomis covering Jeff Becker’s “Perpetual Motion”. If you don’t like neo-classical then you probably won’t like this, but just appreciate the talent it took for Becker to write and play this when he was 17 years old.

Very impressive probably not my style of guitar playing but great for a seventeen year old to come up with that.


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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July 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm Quote #27778

guitard
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I like that super heavy neo-classical guitar, but only in small doses. I went to see Alan Holdsworth around twenty years ago – sat the in front row right smack dab in front of him. I enjoyed it, but by the end of the show, I was definitely ready to leave.


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July 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm Quote #27779

jroundy
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My favorite two songs on “A Little Ain’t Enough”, are the songs Jason Becker wrote.

“It’s Showtime”, and “Drop In The Bucket”.

I loved his playing on that album. Such a shame, he couldn’t have had more time to work, and tour with Dave.


The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!


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