Out On The Tiles

Buckethead: Sept 10th, 2011 at the 9:30 Club

"I Put a Spell on You": A Bucketbot is Born

Review and Photography by Rachel Lange.

I know the exact moment I crossed over and became a Bucketbot.  It was at Buckethead's September 10th show at Washington DC's 9:30 Club.  Halfway through his set, he shuffled over to my end of the stage, stood at its edge, his left hand fluttering along his guitar's fretboard like Anne Sullivan signing furious messages of guitar glory into the palms of Helen Keller, while he reached a ghoulish right hand out over the crowd.  The teenage boys surrounding me immediately leaned toward him like iron filings drawn to a giant magnet, but I stood momentarily hypnotized, my hands on my cheeks and a dopey grin on my face.  His eyes passed over me for a second and I spent the rest of the show wishing he would hypnotize me all the time.  I was in love with every second of his performance; I couldn't remember the last time I had so much fun at a show.  But it's worse than that: I was doomed.  Buckethead — the white mask-wearing, KFC bucket-sporting, toy-distributing, horror-film loving guitar god with the mad nunchacku and robot skills — gave life to a 37-year-old behemoth fan.

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