A concert to benefit onetime guitar prodigy Jason Becker, dubbed the Jason Becker Not Dead Yet 2 Concert, will take place 7 p.m. January 23 at Slim's in San Francisco, California.
The guitar-heavy bill will feature Deep Purple's Steve Morse, Uli Jon Roth, Richie Kotzen, Gus G of Firewind (and Ozzy Osbourne's band), Michael Lee Firkins, Jude Gold, Gretchen Menn and others.
Becker, formerly part of Cacophony, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) when he was 20, shortly after he joined David Lee Roth’s band. Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar and eventually left him paralyzed and unable to speak, Becker still writes music with the help of computers, collaborators and a system of communication using eye movements.
Proceeds from the event will go toward medical supplies for Becker and a trust fund to provide for his future security.