Jason Becker

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This classically trained US guitarist first came to prominence in the late 80s with fellow guitar wizard Marty Friedman in the band Cacophony. Combining blues, rock and classical styles, he built up a reputation for playing at breakneck speed with a melodic intensity and feel that was reminiscent of Alvin Lee. In 1988 he recorded Perpetual Burn, a solo instrumental showcase for his remarkable six-string acrobatics. After the recording of Cacophony’s second album, Becker accepted David Lee Roth’s offer to become permanent replacement for Steve Vai. Becker appeared on Roth’s A Little Ain’t Enough album in 1991, contributing some stunning guitar work, and silenced the critics’ premature suggestions that he would be unable to match his flamboyant predecessor. In recent years Becker has been suffering from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a paralysing condition that has left him unable to play and confined to a wheelchair. A tribute album was...

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