Jason Becker NEW ALBUM in the making
Jason Becker is an American guitarist and composer, and one of the greatest shredders ever. During his teenage years, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums “Speed Metal Symphony” in 1987 and “Go Off!” in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album “Perpetual Burn” in 1988, also through Shrapnel Records. He later joined David Lee Roth’s band and recorded one album with him, “A Little Ain’t Enough”.
Jason Becker ALS diagnosis and new music plans
Becker’s performing career was cut short by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die. The ‘living wires’ which connect your brain to your muscles degenerate, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech, and eventually impact the ability to breathe. In 1996, Becker lost the ability to speak. Now he communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, Jason refused to let ALS silence him so he still composes music and a new album is on its way!!
Jason Becker NEW ALBUM crowdfunding campaign
Now, clearly Jason won’t be able to play his music himself. As a result, he decided to gather many of his friends to contribute. In the video below for his new Indiegogo campaign, he explains that he needs support from his fans to pay for the studio time and all the related expenses for making the album. He also announces a list of guest guitarists which is off the charts: Joe Satriani, Aleks Sever, Jeff Loomis, Trevor Rabin, Steve Morse, Gus G, Chris Broderick, and more. The rewards for contributing range from T-shirts and downloads to autographed guitars and sharing your guitar performance video on his page. This is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to one of the greats and help make his music come to life. Therefore, check out the video and if you feel moved to contribute, you can do so here :https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jason-becker-s-new-album-music-guitar#/
“My bro Jason Becker is making a new album and I`ll be playing on a track for it this week! He has written a stunning piece of music, can not wait to play it! The guy is my constant inspiration…” – Marty Freedman (Oct 25, 2016)
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