Jason Becker Ice Bucket Challenges Van Halen and John Mayer, Reminds You Why It’s Not Just a Dumb Fad

Yes, it is a fad. Yes, like most trends on social media it’s evolved from murky origins, turned around and co-opted. But occasionally, maybe once per decade, the internet gives us something worth while. So who cares if that asshole friend of yours took part and didn’t actually donate any money to the cause? Who cares if originally the ice bucket was what you did in lieu of donating money? If we have to deal with some Facebook obnoxiousness to raise record levels of awareness and donations for ALS then that’s perfectly fine by me.


Why is this post on Gear Gods? Because Jason Becker is a fucking genius musician who’s lost the use of his body yet probably still composes better music than you do, solely with his goddamn eyes. So if there’s one more Ice Bucket Challenge that you watch this week, let it be this one. Plus he calls out Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and John Mayer. Ball’s in your court, guys.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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