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(1992 – present)

Buckethead is an American musician, songwriter and guitar virtuoso, famed for his distinctive stage outfit and elaborate stage shows. He has released 40 solo albums and performed on over 50 more since 1992. He has also made guest appearances on more than 40 different albums by various artists. His music spans such diverse areas as heavy metal, funk, ambient, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music.

When performing in his theatrical persona, Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket (emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that read “FUNERAL” in black block letters) on his head and a plain white costume mask (commonly found in costume shops and used primarily for dramatic theater productions). More recently, he has switched to a plain white bucket no longer bearing the KFC logo. He also incorporates nunchaku, robot dancing, and toy trading into his stage performances. Buckethead’s persona represents a character who was “raised by chickens” and has made it his “mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe.”

Although a multi-instrumentalist, Buckethead is best known for his electric guitar playing. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 20 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time.”


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  • MetalWarp

    Soothsayer not being number 1 makes me sad :(

    Yesterday 11:04pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    #56 Cycle is up for download

    Yesterday 9:41pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    Kinda odd when it feels like it's been a long time since the last Buckethead release..good time to revisit his older material

    14 Apr 12:41am Reply
  • xfriki

    so fucking nice !

    11 Apr 6:13am Reply
  • ReachDown

    Try this one

    6 Apr 9:14am Reply
  • baglier

    He's half-alive, he's half-dead...

    6 Apr 12:21am Reply
  • derekthemethod

    electric tears is the greatest album of all time

    5 Apr 5:24pm Reply
  • FenoFromSky

    Kinda surprised at Whitewash being constantly the most popular song.

    4 Apr 4:45pm Reply
  • BrunoNardi

    City of Ferris Wheels is very good.

    1 Apr 6:02am Reply
  • ReachDown

    @TheBlackRaven87 I see you disabled your shoutbox and private messages, but don't hesitate to ask for which albums to listen to when you want a specific sound of his. It's really worth it. And great thing not to rush your listening.

    31 Mar 7:08pm Reply
  • Overture1383

    I don't even try to catch up with his work. He's just too fast for me. :-D - fully agree :))

    30 Mar 8:40pm Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    I don't even try to catch up with his work. He's just too fast for me. :-D The albums I have of him are Population Override, Electric Tears (both masterpieces) and A Real Diamond In The Rough (yes, I've chosen this album out of the flood of Buckethead albums and it was very worth it). Now my attention is on "Thank You Ohlinger's". I don't want to rush through all his stuff, I always think it's better for me to take some time having fun with the albums I've chosen to get. So it's still 4 albums of him only but I'll have some great time enjoying them.

    30 Mar 7:48pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    New Pike time, #54 The Frankensteins Monsters Blinds

    27 Mar 7:58pm Reply
  • Alpharon_

    I think Worms for the Garden is his best pikes song. It's just... outstanding.

    25 Mar 11:25pm Reply
  • FenoFromSky

    Yeah Triptych is one epic song, may be the best composition and playing on the pike series so far.

    24 Mar 6:16pm Reply
  • Vicarious_Lord

    Agreed Alpharon :)

    24 Mar 5:06am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Because he already made those albums, and yes they are immaculate. I apologize for coming off like that, I just wish more people would open their ears to the flood of new material he's releasing. Speaking of; Pike 53 City of Ferris Wheels just came out. I bet Bootsy got the first signed copy, funked up pike.

    23 Mar 8:08pm Reply
  • Alpharon_

    @FenoFromSky: The Closed Triptych is effing awesome :)

    23 Mar 2:57pm Reply
  • MooniePwns

    Really need to catch up with this guys stuff soon

    23 Mar 4:22am Reply
  • FenoFromSky

    Let's talk about how Twisterlend is FUCKING AWESOME.

    22 Mar 5:55pm Reply
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