Talkin’ with Marty Friedman!!!

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What a cool experience we had at the Hellion Rocks yesterday. We were honored to have the chance to speak with guitar legend Marty Friedman. I was tied up with mayhem and mischief so Mike Araiza stepped up and took care of business. Mike and Marty had a great conversation that we are sure you will enjoy! So check it out right here:

e sure and pick up the killer new release from Marty Friedman “Inferno” out on Prosthetic Records NOW!!!

Catch up with Marty Friedman online:

http://www.martyfriedman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

http://prostheticrecords.com/?p=3971

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s MARTY FRIEDMAN!!!

     -the Hellion and Mike Araiza

Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker‏ from Seymour Duncan

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Introducing The Jason Becker Perpetual Burn

The story of the Jason Becker pickup starts decades ago when Jason was catapulted to the top of the guitarist world from his work with Cacophony, as a solo artist and with David Lee Roth. As Jason explains, “I remember Bob Rock bringing in a Les Paul with a Duncan JB in it while I was recording the David Lee Roth song “A Little Ain’t Enough” and I absolutely loved it. After playing with Bob Rock’s guitar, I contacted Seymour Duncan to potentially work on a Becker pickup. We talked about what I wanted and over the course of a few months, they sent about six test pickups.” Jason wanted enough gain for singing leads and the dynamic response for complex chording and ringing clean tones. As the pickup was nearing completion his ALS was making things increasingly hard and the pickup was never released.

As to how Jason came back to completing the pickup, he writes: “A couple years ago, my buddy Michael Lee Firkins came over to test a possible Becker signature amp. We tried tons of guitars, but didn’t find any that sounded very good, or at least that sounded like me. We finally plugged in the guitar with one of my test Duncans in it, and we were all floored! It was like magic. We decided to finalize the pickup and I would say the final tone sounds like me, only way better! It has the thick beef and balls that we metal players and old Van Halen fans like, plus a sweet, clear and crisp, yet warm lead tone.”

The Perpetual Burn HumBecker has an Alnico 5 bar magnet and a 12.11k DC resistance. It has the clarity and punch for Jason’s brand of high-octane shred but is a great choice for rock, blues, and fusion as well. It’s a drop-in replacement for any humbucker-equipped guitar and requires no modification to the instrument. It’s available in black, white, zebra and can be ordered in an assortment of colors as a shop floor custom.

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JASON BECKER – A MUSICAL SOUL

 

www.jasonbecker.com

http://www.facebook.com/jason.becker.1253

 

Jason Eli Becker was born July 22, 1969,  and at the age of 16 with Marty Friedman put together Cacophony. They released Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988.

 

Here’s a taste of “Speed Metal Symphony” :

Jason released his first solo record in 1988. Perpetual Burn is an amazing album.

 

Sadly Cacophony broke up in 1989. Jason then went on to play for David Lee Roth for his A Little Ain’t Enough (1991) record. Jason  was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) a week after joining the band. He managed to finish recording the album, but was unable to tour in support of the album, as his condition left him with little strength in his hands.

 

Here’s Jason with David Lee Roth on “Drop In The Bucket”:

 

 

After his diagnosis he was given two to three years to live. Due to his illness, he eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Although his ALS gradually robbed him of his ability to play guitar, to walk, and eventually even to speak, he still remains mentally sharp and, with the aid of a computer, continues composing. In the back of the Perspective CD case, Becker states “I have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It has crippled my body and speech, but not my mind.” His medical condition has remained stable since 1997. In 2003, Becker posted on his website that he was feeling better and had gained some weight, while the folder for his 2008 album Collection also mentions an upcoming book.

Admirably Jason is still with us today and still composing music. In 1996, Becker released an album entitled Perspective, an instrumental album composed by him (with the exception of Bob Dylan’s song “Meet Me in the Morning”). The writing of the music had been started before ALS completely crippled his abilities. By using guitar, and, later, when he was unable to use both hands, a keyboard, he continued to compose while his disease worsened. However, when Becker could no longer physically play even a keyboard, his friend and music producer Mike Bemesderfer helped him with a music-composing computer program which could read the movements of his head and eyes, enabling Becker to continue to compose after he lost control of the rest of his body.

Several years later, Becker released Raspberry Jams (1999) and Blackberry Jams (2003); the first contained various unreleased demo-tracks, and the latter contained demo-tracks and alternate versions of songs that were later reworked and published into other albums.

Collection is a great album to start with if you want to experience the music of Jason Becker.

 

Here is one of the newer tracks that I cherish “Electric Prayer For Peace”

Thank you Jason for all you have given to the music world. Much love and respect to you.

the Hellion