SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ Jason Becker may not be a household name, but many of the best guitarists in the world are very familiar with his work and his story.
KCBS’ Susan Leigh Taylor Reports:
“Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet” is the name of the upcoming benefit at Slim’s in San Francisco. Becker was a child prodigy and important member of the 80’s and 90’s “shred” revolution in guitar. He was diagnosed with ALS in 1989 when he was just 20.
“Shredding is almost a nasty word to guitar players, but we’ve learned to love it,” said Joe Satriani, another Bay Area guitar giant who’ll play this weekend’s benefit. “It just means that you put all that you’ve got into your playing and try to push the electric guitar into undiscovered territories of playing.”
He first heard Becker’s name when he was trying to get a record deal. The label head told Satriani he didn’t shred enough, and that he should listen to Becker.
“The first time I heard him I was pretty humbled because I was in my late 20s and here was a kid in his teens playing leaps and bounds around me with his technical ability,” said Satriani.
Becker lives with his family in Richmond where he was raised. He still writes music, but now, he uses a computer and nothing but eye movements.
“Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet” Benefit at Slim’s on Saturday, March 26th, is sold out. But you can contribute via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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