Beneath the bucket

Guitarist and multi instrumentalist Buckethead is at Club 9ONE9‚ 919 Douglas St. on Monday, Sept. 17

Brian Patrick Carroll

Brian Patrick Carroll, better known by his stage name Buckethead, is a guitarist and multi instrumentalist who has worked within several genres of music. He has released 36 studio albums, four special releases and one EP.

Buckethead is famously known for wearing an expressionless plain white costume mask and a KFC bucket on his head, emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that reads FUNERAL in capitalized black block letters. He also incorporates nunchucks and robot dancing into his stage performances.

Buckethead has performed on more than 50 albums by other artists. His music spans such diverse areas as progressive metal, funk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, ambient and avant-garde music.

Best known for his electric guitar playing, Buckethead was voted number eight on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time.”

He was also included in Guitar World’s lists of the “25 all-time weirdest guitarists” and the “50 fastest guitarists of all time” list.

Buckethead performs primarily as a solo artist. He has collaborated extensively with a wide variety of high profile artists such as Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Bill Moseley, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, That 1 Guy, and was a member of Guns N’ Roses from 2000 to 2004.

Buckethead has also written and performed music for major motion pictures, including: Saw II, Ghosts of Mars, Beverly Hills Ninja, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Last Action Hero, and contributed lead guitar to the track Firebird featured on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie soundtrack.

Buckethead with Ben Samples is at Club 9ONE9‚ 919 Douglas St. on Monday, Sept. 17. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25.50 and are available at,‚ Lyle’s Place , Ditch Records and the Strathcona Hotel.

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