Happy Birthday Buckethead! See Set From 1st Show w/ Guns N' Roses

Buckethead turns 51 today! Born Brian Patrick Carroll, the guitar prodigy hails from Southern California and is known for his innovative electric guitar style in his signature KFC bucket hat.
Buckethead has been involved in many projects, from solo work to playing with Les Claypool in his band Primus, and even trying out to play with Ozzy Osbourne:
"I tried out that Buckethead guy. I met with him and asked him to work with me, but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket. So I came back a bit later, and he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing! I said, 'Look, just be yourself.' He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says, 'No one calls me Brian except my mother.' So I said, 'Pretend I'm your mum, then!' I haven't "even got out of the room and I'm already playing fucking mind games with the guy. What happens if one day he's gone and there's a note saying, 'I've been beamed up'? Don't get me wrong, he's a great player. He plays like a motherf*cker." - Ozzy
One of his greatest legacies includes his stint as the lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses from 2000-2004. Buckethead plays on the band's album Chinese Democracy and toured on the album for the first leg.
In honor of his birthday, we're remembering Buckethead's very first show with GNR from New Year's Day, 2001. It was also the band's first live appearance since 1993. The special NYD show marked the first in support of Chinese Democracy. The tour would spread out over the course of 8 years, with the album finally dropping in 2008.
The gig took place in Las Vegas at the House of Blues. The setlist carried 22 songs, and their first song back was none other than "Welcome to the Jungle." They checked off all the hits like "Mr. Brownstone," "Sweet Child O' Mine," and their famous renditions of "Live and Let Die" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door. "

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The setlist also featured a lot of songs that hadn't been heard live in years:
  • "Think About You" for the first time since 1987
  • "Out Ta Get Me" for the first time since 1992
  • "Rocket Queen" for the first time since 1992
And to mix it up, they live debuted several songs that night: "Oh My God," "Riad N' the Bedouins," "Chinese Democracy," and "Silkworms."
Buckethead got his spotlight debut with GNR later in the set with one of his epic, extended guitar solos. After the main set closed out with "Nightrain," Buckethead kicked off the 3-song encore with a "Chicken Binge" guitar solo.
"Chicken Binge" Solo
They ended the celebratory night with "Paradise City." Check out the full setlist below:
Guns N' Roses

Happy Birthday Buckethead - we hope that mask of yours is keeping you safe during the COVID pandemic.

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Last updated: 15 May 2021, 16:32 Etc/UTC