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    Buckethead Knows Chicken
    Eccentric guitarist teams with System of a Down singer on new album


    The anonymous, mostly mute guitarist Buckethead is one of the more over-the-top, mysterious figures in rock. Sporting a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and a white mask over his face, the artist has claimed in his rare interviews (and online biography) that he was raised in a chicken coop by . . . chickens. The birds scratched him so severely that he must forever cover his face. And the KFC bucket, you see, is a kind of homage to all the chickens fried for food, whose souls Buckethead channels whenever he picks up his axe.

    So the story goes. What we actually know for certain about the guitarist is the following: Formerly known as Brian Carroll, he started out in the San Francisco metal/funk outfit the Deli Creeps, a local cult success that split up before releasing an album. Beginning with 1992's Bucketheadland, Buckethead went on to release a handful of solo efforts. The KFC man also recorded a track with Bootsy Collins, played several live gigs with Primus and toured with the prog-rock trio's bassist Les Claypool. And, of course, there was his stint as a member of the reformed (if short-lived) Guns n' Roses, beginning in 2000.

    And now Buckethead returns, with Enter the Chicken, due October 25th, produced by System of a Down singer Serj Tankian. And unlike his mostly instrumental efforts, this album features guest turns from a diverse bunch, billed as "Buckethead and Friends," including Tankian, spoken-word poet Saul Williams, opera singer Ani Maldjian and Death by Stereo's Efrem Schulz.

    Tankian first met the guitarist at Ozzfest in 1999, shortly before Buckethead's four-year stint with Guns n' Roses, and the two hit it off. "We ate Indian food at my coop a couple times. He has always been very fun to be around," Buckethead says, answering questions through his rubber hand-puppet Herbie. "I don't talk so good, but Herbie communicated to him a bunch of stuff." Last year, after hearing demos of Buckethead's latest work, Tankian offered to produce the album and release it through his own Serjical Strike label.

    Enter the Chicken was not planned as a vocal album, but as the project evolved Tankian began recruiting artists. One of Buckethead's great thrills was the chance to work with a singer he's admired for years, the Iranian-born, Indian-raised Azam Ali of world music group Vas, who guests on the ethereal "Coma." "She has a disembodied voice I like a lot," he says. Old friend Maximum Bob, Buckethead's former Deli Creeps bandmate, also makes an appearance, on the operatic thrasher "The Hand." "He just went off stunner-style, like only he can do," Buckethead says. "He was scalding in there."

    Enter the Chicken closes with an instrumental showcase for Buckethead's own virtuosity. The six-and-a-half-minute "Nottingham Lace" gallops along to some of his most melodic licks. Naturally, his inspiration comes from the barnyard: "When you let the hens have access to the garden, you can get a similar feeling," Buckethead/Herbie says, obscurely. "You just try to keep that feeling inside you. And then when it's time, you can go there, in your mind and in your heart, and just let go, not think."

    A Disney Land fan -- he hopes to be buried at the theme park -- Buckethead has often created soundtracks for his own, dream amusement park, Bucketheadland (also the name of his Web site). His tour, dubbed Disney World to Disney Land, will kick off in Orlando October 21st. So how many KFC buckets does he need to take along on the road?

    "There are different buckets for different needs, and it depends on the climate," he reveals. "I try to use one the whole time, and this one has lasted many years. For the tour coming up, I might have to retire it to my bucket cemetery. But it is a tough one to let go."

    Buckethead tour dates:
    10/21: Orlando, FL, Social
    10/22: Atlanta, Variety Playhouse
    10/23: Asheville, NC, Orange Peel
    10/25: Philadelphia, World Cafe Live
    10/26: Falls Church, VA, State Theatre
    10/27: Towson, MD, Recher Theatre
    10/30: Boston, Paradise Rock Club
    10/31: Hartford, CT, Webster Theater
    11/1: New York, Bowery Ballroom
    11/2: Cleveland, Odeon Concert Club
    11/3: Cincinnati, 20th Century Theatre
    11/4: Detroit, Magic Bag
    11/5: Chicago, Metro
    11/7: Lawrence, KS, Granada Theater
    11/8: Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
    11/10: Denver, Bluebird Theatre
    11/11: Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
    11/12: Ft. Collins, CO, Aggie Theatre
    11/13: Aspen, CO, Belly Up Tavern
    11/15: Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
    11/18: Flagstaff, AZ, Orpheum Theater
    11/20: San Diego, 4th and B
    11/21: Los Angeles, El Rey Theatre
    11/22: Anaheim, House Of Blues
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    And people think Ed is Crazy!

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    "Eccentric guitarist teams with System of a Down singer on new album"

    Yeah, you lost me at the first sentance. Seeing as System of the Down has gone the way of Creed, (sounding kinda cool until the lead singer opens his mouth) I think it's something I'll pass on.

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    I think it's kind of a bummer that it's pretty much a given that Buckethead is Brian Carroll. I always liked the theory that Buckethead was played by different people at different times - like sometimes he was Vai, sometimes Satch, etc. Kind of like Andy Kaufman with Tony Clifton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_atomic_punks_rule
    And people think Ed is Crazy!
    Dude....Eddie IS crazy. Buckethead is friggin' insane, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
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    11/10: Denver, Bluebird Theatre
    11/11: Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
    11/12: Ft. Collins, CO, Aggie Theatre
    11/13: Aspen, CO, Belly Up Tavern
    Four Colorado dates!! Looks like I'll be driving a lot taht week.

    Crazy or not, the man is one of the underrated greats.

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    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Buckethead has some issues he needs to deal with, that's for sure!
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    Yeah, the guy's a nutjob- there's no way around that. But damn, he's just a freakishly insanely good guitarist from the little bits i've heard him play. I had a Guitar World cd-rom where he's talking all slow and retarded with that stupid puppet, but then he starts playing some insane riff up and down the neck and it was just like . Plus he's wearing that stupid bucket and mask so he probably can't see shit. Wierd........

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    maybe he'll join Chickenfoot
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    Buckethead is releasing 13, count em, 13 albums this month!!!

    And to make things even cooler, they will all be personally burned bu Buckethead and the man will enscribe the artwork on each one himself.


    This is the coolest thing I've heard of an artist doing in a long time.

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    im highly considering buying the 13 cd set
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    It's easy to rag on Buckethead for all his goofy shtick, but the guy is a talented player, he actually produces (a lot of) music that gets released and is almost always touring.

    Unlike Eddie "10 albums in the can" Van Halen.

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    I'm not certain if this is purely astounding, or merely the biggest bunch of noise coming out of a guitar I've heard in a long time. You tell me...

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