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Musician Jason Becker Calls Ice Bucket Trend ‘Amazing’: Talks John Mayer, Eddie Van Halen & David Lee Roth



Getting sick of all these ice bucket challenges? Well, guitarist Jason Becker isn’t. And it seems like he has a good reason.

The former guitarist for David Lee Roth suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and has done so for 25 years. He recently admitted to Billboard that he’s rather stunned by the incredible trend the ice bucket challenge has sparked, calling it “amazing.”

“I love it,” Becker said. “At first I didn’t get it, but man, the awareness and money it has raised is incredible. I hope something great comes out of it for ALS patients.”

He adds, “I just can’t thank everyone enough for their support, especially during this ice bucket thing. Man, the love I feel is huge, and John Mayer, I love that guy.”

His reason for calling out the Paradise Valley singer is due to Mayer’s recently posted ice bucket challenge, where he honored Becker –– beginning by finger-picking along with one of the guitarist’s tunes. The “Who You Love” crooner then continued to complete the challenge and re-nominated Becker’s original nominees of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen.

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According to Becker, Roth has donated to the cause. Van Halen, on the other hand, he isn’t too sure, but tells Billboard, “It doesn’t matter. Eddie has done so much for me. It is incredible how much he has helped me and my whole family.”
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Jason Becker’s ‘Not Dead Yet 3′


This guitar-heavy bill includes Richie Kotzen, Michael Lee Firkins, Ben Woods and many more, reminding the world that Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet.

Proceeds from the evening go towards medical supplies for Jason as well as a trust fund to provide for his future security.

Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo Cacophony, was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth’s band. Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar – and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak – Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary.


Musician Jason Becker refuses to let ALS silence him




by Aidin Vaziri

September 16, 2013


Jason Becker pictured in his home in front of five of his large guitar collection, two album covers painted by his father Gary.

Jason Becker isn’t supposed to be here.

More than two decades ago, just after the Richmond resident got his big break as the guitarist for former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth’s band, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the incurable motor-neuron disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Doctors gave Becker three to five years to live. He was 20.

Even as he lost his ability to walk and talk, the baby-faced musical prodigy refused to accept his terminal prognosis.

“At the time, I didn’t believe that I couldn’t cure it,” Becker, now 44, said in an e-mail interview – which he is able to use through a system of blinking his eyes. “I was too young, and I had too much to do. I was living my dream and just kept on.”

Becker had to leave Roth’s band as his symptoms worsened to the point where he could no longer even hold his guitar. That’s when his story really began.

ALS is a rapidly progressive neurological disease that destroys the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord responsible for controlling muscles in the arms, legs, diaphragm and chest wall. It is always terminal, even for those who decide to go on life support.

“Jason’s doctor at the time he got his tracheostomy and stomach tube told me he would probably not make it past six months,” said Becker’s mother, Pat. “That was in 1997.”

The disease doesn’t affect Becker’s senses – the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and feel someone’s touch.

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“Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” DVD

When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn’t live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes.

“Jason Becker : Not Dead Yet” is a feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a story of dreams, love, and the strength of the human spirit.

The film has been made with the full co-operation of Jason and the Becker family, who have given their consent for this to be the first feature-length documentary film about his life. They have provided their entire family archive of never-before-seen photos and footage.

DVD available for purchase for U.S. and U.K.

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Jason Becker "Not Dead Yet" DVD

“Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” Opening in UK/Ireland on Friday!

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