Buckethead performing live in April 2006.
Brian Patrick Carroll
Death Cube K
May 13, 1969
Avant-garde, jazz fusion, funk,
instrumental rock, hard rock,
progressive metal, heavy
metal, experimental rock,
funk metal, ambient, dark
ambient, alternative metal,
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist,
Instrument(s) Guitar, bass, drums,
mandolin, piano, banjo, organ
Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of
Bernie Brains, Guns N’ Roses,
Praxis, Deli Creeps, Science
Faxtion, Cornbugs, El Stew,
Arcana, Thanatopsis, Primus
Gibson Les Paul
Brian Patrick Carroll, better known as
Buckethead, is an American musician and
songwriter. He has released 26 solo al-
bums and performed on over 50 more. He
has also made guest appearances on more
than 40 different albums by various artists.
His music spans such diverse areas as pro-
gressive metal, thrash metal, funk, electron-
ica, jazz, bluegrass, and avant-garde music.
When performing in his theatrical per-
sona, Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket
(emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker
that read "funeral" in black block letters) on
his head and a plain white costume mask.
More recently, he has switched to a plain
white bucket no longer bearing the KFC logo.
He also incorporates nunchaku, robot dan-
cing, and toy trading into his stage perform-
ances. Buckethead’s persona represents
a character who was "raised by chickens"
and has made it his "mission in life to alert
the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in
fast-food joints around the globe."
Although a multi-instrumentalist, Bucket-
head is best known for his electric guitar
playing. He has been voted number 8 on a
list in GuitarOne magazine of the "Top 20
Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" as
well as been included in Guitar World’s lists
of the "25 all-time weirdest guitarists" as