Buckethead plus That 1 Guy

Howlin' Wolf

November 05, 2008


I enjoyed That 1 Guy at The Howlin' Wolf Wednesday night more than I did the last time I saw him at The Republic, where he also opened for Buckethead. He was more comfortable and talkative, performed a card trick for lagniappe, and mixed more instrumental pieces into the later part of his set.

At The Republic, he started off with a 15 minute run of impressive bass work before he broke into song, which wasn't that welcome. Wank off, man. Show us what you do. You're much better at putting together jams than you are at putting together songs.

Buckethead didn't need a band. He did just fine playing along to a backing track of drums, bass, and rhythm guitar. I like Buckethead because I can see the passion for his music through his highly technical, jaw dropping guitar solos. I can see him rocking out in his room to Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, and Van Halen, trying to figure out how to play it. He came with the catchy power hair metal riffs, which were colored with his amazing fingerwork. There was one extremely intricate chord progression that left me scratching my head in wonder. It felt really good to hear. Buckethead has a mastery of the guitar like Jerry Lee Lewis has a mastery of the piano.

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