Buckethead on His Time in Guns 'N' Roses: "No Answer."
Being that you obviously enjoy being a mysterious, anonymous figure in the music community and appear to be fairly reclusive, was it difficult working with Axl Rose, someone who seems to be fairly over the top and in love with the spotlight (at least in some twisted way)?
Did you get frustrated with the fact that you were a member of Guns 'n' Roses for four years and nothing really ever came of it besides a few concerts?
Again, no answer.
You've collaborated with a wide variety of people over the years that range from funk-master Bootsy Collins to Primus' Les Claypool. Who was your favorite person to work with and why?
I have been very lucky. Les was one of my heroes when I was younger and he helped me a lot. It has been great working on music with him. I love working with Bill Laswell. He is a tremendous man and thinker. I love working with Viggo Mortenson we have a great time and it is very inspiring to be with him. I love Bootsy. He is definitely someone who really understands me. He has looked out for me for years and spotted things coming a mile away. I am very lucky.
If you could choose anyone to work with dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson. I would like to see how he works, how he writes, what inspires him.
Do you think that by having such an out-of-the-box alter-ego, and being able to back it up by being such a virtuoso on the guitar, you maybe have paved the way for other hopeful musicians that are camera shy?
I don't know. I think if someone has something in them and they feel strongly they should try to find an outlet for it. Sometimes if you keep that stuff in you can go bats. I hope it would help.
Buckethead is scheduled to perform Saturday, August 11, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.