American guitarist

Brian Patrick Carroll,[2] better known as Buckethead, is an American musician and songwriter. As of 2016 he has released 255 solo albums. He has performed on over 50 more albums by other music artists. His music spans many different styles and genres.

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Buckethead performing live in 2008.
Background information
Birth nameBrian Patrick Carroll
Also known asDeath Cube K, Big B
Born (1969-05-13) May 13, 1969 (age 53)[1]
GenresAvant-garde metal, speed metal, funk rock, instrumental rock, progressive rock, experimental rock, ambient, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, piano, banjo, keyboards, cello
Years active1988–present
LabelsTDRS Music, Hatboxghost Music, Bucketheadland, Avant, Day Eight Music, Sony Music Entertainment, CyberOctave, Sub Meta, Metastation, City Hall, Stray, Gonervill, Catalyst Entertainment, Ion, Disembodied, Tzadik, Avabella Productions, Serjical Strike

When performing onstage Buckethead wears a white KFC bucket over his head and an expressionless plain white costume mask.

Although he can play many different types of musical instruments, Buckethead is best known for his guitar playing. He has been voted as a top guitarist in many magazines dedicated to the topic of guitar playing.

Buckethead records and performs onstage as a solo artist most of the time. He has also worked with a wide variety musicians including: Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton and Viggo Mortensen. Buckethead was a member of Guns N' Roses from 2000 to 2004.

Buckethead has created music for movies such as: Saw II, Ghosts of Mars, Beverly Hills Ninja and Last Action Hero.


  1. According to footage of the Binge III video, May 13 is Carroll's birthday. 1969 can be deduced from the December 1989 issue of Guitar for the Practicing Musician, stating his age to be 20 years.
  2. Loder, Kurt (2002-11-21). "Beneath The Bucket, Behind The Mask: Kurt Loder Meets GN'R's Buckethead". MTV. Retrieved 2007-12-09.