Trying to write about Bucket-head makes one's head swim.
Do you talk about his tireless work ethic? The man has cut nearly 40 albums (both solo and with various bands), including, apparently, one out last month called “The Shores of Molokai," and has collaborated with a ridiculous list of artists, from Bill Laswell and Mike Patton to Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell to the actor Viggo Mortensen.
And yes, he filled Slash's spot in Guns N' Roses from 2000 to 2004.
Do you talk about his massive and multifaceted musical skill set? Buckethead is one of the fastest and best guitar players on Earth, able to take on metal, funk, jazz, ambient music and beyond without missing a fret. Those skills have won him all kinds of accolades from guitar-nerd magazines you've never heard of unless you're a guitar nerd.
And he does it all with a KFC chicken bucket on his head and a creepy Michael Myers mask over his face, while also showing off his martial arts moves and dancing like a robot.
Oh, right: The guy is odd. He claims to have been raised by chickens. He's obsessed with Disneyland and is forever working on his own imaginary theme park, Bucketheadland. When he does talk, nonmusically, he does so through a freaky rubber puppet named Herbie.
Right now, the entrance to his website is adorned with an image of some sort of cyborg LeBron James — called LeBrontron — and a majestic six-minute song featuring plenty of thunderous riffage and skyscraping solos.
And honestly, that's what really matters about Buckethead: The jaw-dropping things he can do on a stage with a guitar in his hands.