Posts Tagged “Jason Becker”

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently spoke to Gear Gods about his first piece of gear. Check out the clip below.

Friedman will release “Inferno”, his first solo album of original material in four years, in late May via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album will be released by Universal Music). The CD was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (DANZIG, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH) — features what Friedman recently told Guitar World is “the most intense writing and playing I can do.” The album also includes notable guest appearances by several artists influenced by Friedman, including flamenco/metal acoustic guitar duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho, SKYHARBOR mastermind Keshav Dhar and REVOCATION guitar whiz David Davidson, as well as Friedman‘s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in CACOPHONY, the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem.

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ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and his wife, Pearl Aday, along with ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, will perform at a benefit for Jason Becker and ALS research on Thursday, September 19 at Bimbo’s in San Francisco, California.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit Ticketfly.com.

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 www.jasonbeckerguitar.com.

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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.

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“As It Happens”, the long-running interview show on CBC Radio One in Canada, recently spoke to Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo CACOPHONY, and Philadelphian filmmaker Jesse Vile, who directed the documentary film “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet”.

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Video footage of former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis performing a cover version of Jason Becker’s “Perpetual Burn” can be seen below.

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Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Richie Kotzen (MR.

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Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Richie Kotzen (MR.

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According to Blu-Ray.com, Kino Lorber has set a December 18 North American release date for the DVD version of the documentary film “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet”.

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The documentary film “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” won an award for “Outstanding Achievement In Music” at the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which was held April 26 – May 3 in Newport Beach, California.

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The documentary film “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” will be screened at the Hot Docs Canadian international documentary festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the end of April and early May.

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