Young Buckethead, Vol. 1

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The Deli Creeps had only been performing for a couple months when this footage was shot in 1990, but they were clearly on their own path. The decidedly uninhibited Maximum Bob's disturbed ramblings combined with Buckethead's otherworldly presence put this band into the realm of performance art metal. Buckethead shows unbelievable facility on guitar, playing much of the set with no strap on his guitar (no mean feat). Even at this early date, he was pulling out oddball (for the metal scene, at any rate) tidbits like "When You Wish Upon a Star," almost certainly further confusing the crowd. The segment from the soundcheck earlier that day shows Buckethead without the mask (!), although he's VERY conscious about not wanting to be seen without it (his face is deliberately blurred when shown). The "Buckethead in the Basement" segment has Buckethead playing some great horror-flick soundtrack music, moving through all the creepy keyboard presets as Jas Obrecht raves insanely from behind his milk-crate prison. But the most amazing segment is saved for last. It's a "Buckethead" family barbecue, and marks the first time Buckethead performed as Buckethead for most of his family. He walks into the backyard wearing a pair of shorts, mask and bucket donned, carrying his guitar and a very small amplifier and sits down. There's some chuckling from the family, and someone asks "Brian" a question. It's then revealed to the family (by Jas) that Buckethead doesn't talk. Then Buckethead turns in what has got to be one of the most incredible, jaw-dropping displays of guitar virtuosity ever performed. Over the course of about 12 minutes, he goes from metal licks to classical style to Travis picking to flat-picking to tapping to clawhammer banjo style to funk slap and pop and just about anything in between. There's even a great Star Wars medley in there. It's truly nothing short of amazing and worth the price of admission by itself.

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