Jason Becker’s story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman).
After wowing audiences all over the world with his amazing guitar chops and deep compositions, Jason got a gig with David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded the DLR album A Little Ain’t Enough and was poised to take over the rock guitar world when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a debilitating and fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years.
That was 29 years ago.
Today Jason’s busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by Triumphant Hearts. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who’s-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others. And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Jason’s amazing guitar playing—recorded in the ’80s and ’90s—graces several tunes.
Triumphant Hearts will be released worldwide on CD, double vinyl and digital.
The double vinyl includes a code for a complimentary MP3 download of the album.
Free poster with every pre-order from the Official MLG store!
Official video for Valley Of Fire featuring guest performances by Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert, Neal Schon, Mattias IA Eklundh, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Richie Kotzen, Gus G., Steve Hunter and Ben Woods.
Jason Becker is the guitarist/composer who has had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for over 27 years. He is making a new album. In addition to his new music, Jason hopes to demonstrate through this project how support to meet one’s physical needs can mean that even massive physical limitations don’t necessarily equal creative limitation.
Jason Becker started making albums when he was 17 years old; Cacophony, his band with Marty Friedman (Megadeth), and his solo albums have been extremely influential in the guitar, metal and rock music world. He joined David Lee Roth’s band when he was 20 and they put out A Little Ain’t Enough, Dave’s fourth solo album, which went Gold.
Jason was diagnosed with ALS at the same time he joined Dave’s band. He was able to finish recording A Little Ain’t Enough, even though the disease was making his body weak. He was limping and his hands were falling off the guitar.
Jason had to leave Dave’s band before the tour. He moved back home to Richmond, CA and started composing music on the computer, thanks to his producer friends, Mike Bemesderfer and Dan Alvarez. Despite his paralysis and inability to play guitar anymore, he released his album Perspective on Warner Bros. Records.
Jason had to get a tracheostomy in 1997. Thanks to his family and friends, he is doing pretty well, and he continues to write and put out music, using a communication system invented by his father. Some people with ALS use this system now.
In 2012, his life story was the subject of an award-winning documentary called “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.” He was also on the cover of that year’s July issue of Guitar Player magazine, being called “the greatest shredder ever.” He also works with Kiesel/Carvin Guitars on a line of Jason Becker guitars, and with Seymour Duncan on his “Perpetual Burn” pickup.
Jason has new pieces of music and unreleased guitar recordings to put out. He has many guest guitar players sitting in as well. He will be working again with his dear friend and brilliant, Emmy winning producer Dan Alvarez (Perspective and Collection). Jason says Dan “gets” his music, and always knows what he is going for, while adding his own great ideas.
There are some cool perks available to contributors, such as signed CDs, exclusive shirts and posters, one-of-a-kind guitars, and more. Jason hopes to release this album in Summer 2017. Of course, that depends on his health and energy level, which have been good (knock on wood), and the availability of other guest musicians. He would also like to make videos for a couple of the tunes, if possible.
He thinks this album is some of his best and most emotional music. He wants people to feel and experience it very soon. Jason also hopes to demonstrate through this project how support to meet one’s physical needs can mean that even massive physical limitations don’t necessarily equal creative limitation.
Guest performers on the project include Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Neal Schon and Richie Kotzen — just to name a small handful of the many who’ve lent their talents to Becker’s new compositions.
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