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Jason Becker

Jason Becker is an American hard rock guitarist who formed the band Cacophony in the late '80s with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman and recorded two albums with it, Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and Go Off! (1988). He made the instrumental solo album Perpetual Burn in 1988. In 1989, he left Cacophony and was hired by David Lee Roth to replace Steve Vai in his backup band, appearing on the album A Little Ain't Enough (1991). Shortly after he joined Roth's band, however, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a rare degenerative illness that causes paralysis. Nevertheless, he succeeded in completing a second solo album, Perspective, released on his own label in 1996. Raspberry Jams, an album of demos, followed in 1999, and in 2001, through the intercession of Eddie Van Halen, Perspective was given major-label release on Warner Bros. Records. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Thank you Jason Becker for being such a great man
Great to see all the positive comments and support for the amazingly talented, and inspirationa l , Jason Becker. ANYONE that would publicly disrespect someone struggling with a degenerative illness is a sad excuse for a human. Jason is still here, and STILL making music, in spite of the tremendous challenges he faces daily. What are you doing @stevenpatri c k d ? What have you done? I suspect you only talk/post about guitar, because if you EVER played one, I doubt you'd dis JB. Envious?
Oh and Becker is absolutely amazing right up there with the best
Patrickd or whatever your stupid name is, I seen a bad comment to wears you, and I just had to find it and I'm going to tell you the unscensored way. You should probably look in the mirror and realize your a compete scumbag who if makes ridiculous comments like such, should either right a very thoughtful apology to all handicapped, or just do the world a favor and off yourself you sidistic pathetic loser!!!!
Steven Patrickd is a dumb jackass!
Love Jason becker he's one of the best ever . Take care becker hearts with you.
meshagl
very cool
I am not a guitar player (other than air!!) but have a deep, deep appreciation for guitarists. Vai, Cooley, Becker, Gilbert, Petrucci, Satriani, Morse, Malmsteen and the list goes on and on and on. I do not have the knowledge or skill to pick the best of all of them....they are all the best. as far as I am concerned. Mr. Stevenpatric k d ' s statement about Becker's disability sounds like a rather uninformed, unenlightene d southern gentleman's approach to people who face wicked, wicked challenge
sullivan4til e
Great to see Becker here!
rattlerblues
http://www.j a s o n b e c k e r m o v i e . c o m / #
F**king love this guitarist!
Been a fan for over 20 years now...such a sad story
stevenpatric k d , you're a freaking idiot. Just because the guy can't play anymore doesn't mean that he can't continue to write music. You really show your ignorance with comments like that.
jason becker has music in his soul, so i don't think we need to worry about him coming up with anything that is stupid, mr stevenpatric k d .
okay f**kin guy is now handicapped! ! wouldnt ask a one armed drummer to play a solo right !!!just realize everything he does from here to now will be STUPID !!!!!
I've been listening to Jason Becker since the early 90s when I picked up a Guitar mag with him on the cover. The thing that most people don't realize is that this guy never had any formal training. To be playing classical shred at age 16 at the level he had gotten to, was and still is un-freaking- b e l i e v a b l e . Check out the dvd if you get a chance, it's heartbreakin g .
ugh tiring
high_steppn2 0 0 2
the song Perpetual Burn is not only 11 outta 10, but thee craziest song to jam to on lead
Woah Emmett Jason's on a way higher composition level than yngwie or Vinnie. Remember music isn't about how fast you can push it out. Its about the feeling and how you choose to express them in melody and harmony. Playing fast just shows you've wasted endless time on sounding like yngwie etc. Jason becker is on the level of bach Paganini and Mozart. Something nobody of his or our time has done. My suggestion to everyone is listen to more jb. True God of music.
Jason Becker deserves a much more detailed bio. Make it happen Pandora!
jtaa1116
Jason Becker...you r music still lives on!
Air and Higher are two of the greatest songs ever written.If Mozart were alive today they would be bff's.
If you are listening to this and don't know the full story of Jason, it is just an amazing story of genius, determinatio n and family love. A new movie just came out 'Not Dead Yet' http://www.c i n e q u e s t . o r g / e v e n t _ v i e w . p h p ? e i d = 1 6 3 6
S**tty things happen to good people...roc k on JB
mradowski
sad story, good player, just pure tasteless music
Love this guy....if he were playin today, would maybe teach Y ngwie something?
Simply...... . . . . . T H E BEST!!!!
tobyharrisgt r
If we could only hear what he is hearing in his head. We would prob. not even begin to comprehend it all. AWSOME INSPIRATION.
Not on the level with Yngwie or Vinnie Moore, but freakin awesome just the same.
@lgoudikian he double tracked almost every one of his songs, other than the solos. In my opinion Jason is the most talented musician of the 20th century, his music both inspires me and makes me want to give up playing guitar! (since I will never come close to his level of talent)
not quite Yngwie but pretty f**king good.......
lgoudikian
This is pretty mind-blowing . Lot of doubling. Not sure if that's an effect or double-track i n g . Very creative music.
wendy8768
What a beautiful marriage of virtuosity and expression.. .
Jason is a class act, one of the greatest guys I know, my biggest inspiration, and hands down my favorite guitarist of all-time!
crex111
JASON TAKES NEOCLASSICAL OUTSIDE THE BOX! THE BLEND OF WHAMMY AND SHEER SHRED TECHNIQUE PUT HIM IN HIS OWN LEAGUE!BEAUT I F U L MELODIES AND HARMONIES ! IF HE WAS STILL PHYSICALLY PLAYING GUITAR WHO KNOWS WHERE GUITAR PLAYING WOULD BE TODAY!!!!!!! !
This guy is probably hands down one of the most influential classical shred guitarists ever to grace this earth. Although his styled based on violin, he created a style of music that is so...persona b l e I think is a good word. He creates something when he plays his instrument, it's not just notes, it's something else entirely, and it's f**king beautiful.
HOLY CRAP! I've never even heard of this dude, but he rocks it hard!
noone has topped it yet still the quintessenti a l shredder of metal guitar
perpetual burn is a modern day collecton from the school of velocity
toferlewis
Probably one of the most influencial guitarists on me when I was young. Obviously I can't even come close to playing at this level, but this album and his stuff with Marty really made we want to practice, practice and then practice more. Listening to it now, I am still floored at how flawless his style is...One of the best ever...
the real guitar hero!!!!!!
schecterboss 7 7
Yngwie's got nothin' on Becker
truly one of the greatest technical guitarists that will inhabit the earth, sometimes flames burn so hot that they change the shape of the candle that surrounds them. Souls are like that too :)
whoa!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Jason Becker is the best ever hands down!
Perpetual Burn is my all time fav shred album!
WOW
anthonysk8r
His Songs have such variety to them. Every song is different in it's own respect.
anthonysk8r
Living legend I tell ya!!!
I agree with the below comment. "Perpetual Burn" is my #1 essential album for speed guitarists. Jason Becker is like the Jesus of shred guitar and guys like Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen are the appostles. In my opinion, Becker is the faster, most accurate, shredder who ever lived and, just like Michael Jordan, there will never be anybody better.
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