Starting May 20th, we are pleased to announce the first set of donated guitars are available through Jason’s Reverb Shop!
The first round of musicians participating in this phase of the virtual fundraiser include:
METALLICA, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Mark Tremonti, Albert Lee, Matt Heafy, Zoltan Bathory, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Andy Timmons, Jeff Loomis, Nili Brosh, Chris Broderick, and Alex Lee (Holy Grail).
Special thanks to METALLICA for graciously taking time out of their busy writing schedule to honor and pay tribute to their fellow Bay Area Legend. The Becker Family, Team Becker, Jason, and Herman are grateful for Metallica’s support in Jason’s fight against ALS.
Throughout March and April, some of the world’s greatest guitarists will come together to raise money and celebrate the music of legendary guitarist and composer Jason Becker, who has been living with ALS for over 30 years and continues to compose and record music. The virtual event, hosted in part by DragonForce guitarist Herman Li, will include three components:
- A Livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: Special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel, to play, jam, and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $30,000 has been raised so far!
- Artists will donate signed guitars, merch, and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details TBA.
- Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of ‘Perpetual Burn’ and ‘Speed Metal Symphony’, and the original ‘Numbers’ guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details TBA.
Musicians participating in the fundraiser include:
Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Mark Tremonti, John Petrucci, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi, Nita Strauss, Orianthi, Devin Townsend, Dave Ellefson, Michael Angelo Batio, Guthrie Govan, Tim Henson, Alex Skolnick, Albert Lee, Matt Heafy, Zoltan Bathory, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Andy Timmons, George Lynch, Steve Stevens, Satchel (Steel Panther), John 5, Gus G, Jeff Loomis, Nili Brosh, Jason Richardson, The Dooo (YouTube), Jared Dines, Ola Englund, Steve Terreberry (StevieT on YouTube), Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube), Cole Rolland, Thomas McRocklin, Rusty Cooley, Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Sam Totman, Chris Broderick, Lari Basilio, Sophie Lloyd, Kiki Wong, Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown), Alex Lee (Holy Grail), Stevie Salas, Elliot Easton, Bruce Bouillet, Mika Tyyska, Daniel Dekay, N&M Creation (YouTube) and more TBA.
Event co-organizer Herman Li says, “I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”
Jason, Pat, and Gary Becker
“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.” — Jason
Be sure to spread the news and join in the celebration with Herman on Twitch:
Official DragonForce YouTube Channel
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keep it up, awesome tonight
Jason Becker is my new hero, I am so glad this popped up on my YouTube because it led me to him, what an inspiration.
I wish you didn’t have to sell things attached to so many great memories, but I hope they sell for so much your family never has a money concern again. Good bless you guys. My Dad had Parkinson’s, and these types of things just have no place in this world. You’re all amazing for your wonderful attitudes!
Stay Strong, Jason! We love you and you inspire us everyday!
This is the first time I’ve heard of Mr. Becker. I’m a big EVH fan, and I stumbled across this YouTube video. You can bet from now on that I’ll be watching and learning about this great man. With love from this point forward.