Guitar virtuoso Jason Becker has responded to hateful comments via his official Facebook page, after he posted video clips of 13 year old guitar whizz Thayer Aletheia-Zomlefer who jammed for Jason at his home. Read Jason‘s statement below:
“Man, I don’t understand hateful comments toward a 13 year old kid! Thayer is a wonderful guy and he is my friend. He is way better than I was at 13. Some people make negative comments on a few seconds of video. He played lots of other great stuff. If I had gotten those terrible comments when I was his age, I might have been too discouraged to continue. Don’t you negative people want to encourage people and make this world better? Thayer, don’t pay attention to that shit. I get tons of hateful comments too. Everyone does these days. I can’t believe what I read about even brilliant musicians. You are awesome, and are only getting better! You are going to be big. Keep kicking ass, my friend!”
You can check out one of the video clips here.
American neo-classical metal guitarist and composer Jason Becker became part of the Mike Varney-produced duo Cacophony at the age of 16, with his friend Marty Friedman. They released Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album Perpetual Burn in 1988. He later joined David Lee Roth‘s band and recorded one album with him. In 1996, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak, due to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Motor Neurone Disease) and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer and has released Collection.
To this day, he´s still regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players in all of music history.
Jason is set to release a new Carvin guitar next month, stay tuned for more news.