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Buckethead at the Black Sheep


Buckethead fans may be a little too mature to be caught playing air guitar at one of his shows, but you can bet they’re doing it in the privacy of their own living rooms whenever his music finds its way onto their stereo. Like Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Les Claypool and others who’ve become legendary for their fretboard shredding — or, depending on your attitude toward technical excess, wanking — the masked guitarist is renowned for his musical prowess, without which he’d be just another guy with an inverted KFC bucket on his head. No less impressive is the Southern California native’s prodigious recording output; Spotify currently has 102 Buckethead albums and singles available for streaming, and there are reportedly hundreds more where those came from. And then there are his constant collaborations, from Guns N’ Roses to Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains, the latter a supergroup that included Primus bandleader Claypool and P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. At this point, the artist formerly known as Brian Carroll could easily get by without the onstage gimmickry. But after a quarter century of successful branding, why would he?

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