Concert Review: Buckethead at the Black Sheep 09/27/12

By Ron Stauffer on March 3, 2013


Buckethead

Buckethead is an enigma. He wears an upside-down Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and a hockey mask on his face, and he never speaks. ...to anyone. His music is all instrumental, and he plays a strange variety of progressive metal, jazz, funk and even spanish guitar music.

Every once in a while, he'll pull out a disembodied head puppet and use that to talk to the crowd, and he'll also throw packaged toys to the audience during breaks between songs.

As a guitar player, he is SO good, which is why I keep going back to see him every chance I can. This very, very strange man was a one-time guitarist for Guns 'n' Roses, and even Ozzy Osbourne tried to recruit him to play for him. His elusive lifestyle apparently makes working with him a nightmare, which is probably why of the three times I've seen him, each show was different.

The first time, I saw him at the Gothic Theater in Denver, and the show was fabulous. Everything about it was absolutely spot-on. The second time I saw him, it was also at The Gothic Theater, but he showed up over an hour late, played without doing a sound-check, constantly fiddled with the controls on the amp and left after only playing for 45 minutes or so with no encore.

This recent show at the Black Sheep, I'm happy to report, was another phenomenal show. It was excellent. The venue was great as always (although there was a strange incident halfway through where one of the security guards/bouncers jumped off the stage into the crowd to do some sort of riot control which was very distracting). He played the familiar favorites, like "Nottingham Lace," "Frozen Brains Tell No Tales," and a little ditty from Disney's "It's a Small World After All."

As always, great times at The Black Sheep, and this show was excellent.