Buckethead with Brain and Brewer

October 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

On Thursday, October 5, Emporium Presents welcomes to the WOW Hall Buckethead with Brain and Brewer.

Guitarist Buckethead will embark on a rare tour this fall.  The former Guns N’ Roses axeman took a hiatus from the road between 2012 and a 2016 jaunt (which included a July gig at the WOW Hall).  He will be joined on this run by former Primus drummer Bryan “Brain” Mantia and longtime bassist Dan Monti.

Buckethead’s tour is slated to open at The Fox Theatre in Boulder on September 20.  The trio will focus on Colorado to begin the tour with additional stops in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Denver and Aspen.  From there, the run continues with visits to Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and Seattle.  Concerts in the Oregon cities of Portland, Bend and Eugene end the jaunt.

Buckethead is a virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose skill covers many genres of music.  He has released over 300 studio recordings -- way more than anyone else in the history of music.  He released 178 “pikes” in the 2014-2015 period alone.  He has also performed on over 50 additional albums by other artists.  His music spans such diverse areas as progressive metal, funk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and avant-garde music.

When performing in his theatrical persona, Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket on his head, emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that read "FUNERAL" in capital black block letters, and an expressionless plain white costume mask.  More recently, he has switched to a plain white bucket no longer bearing the KFC logo.  He also incorporates nunchucks, robot dancing and toy trading into his stage performances.  Buckethead's persona represents a character who was "raised by chickens" and has made it his, "mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe."

An instrumentalist, Buckethead is best known for his electric guitar playing.  He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" as well as being included in Guitar World's lists of the "25 all-time weirdest guitarists”.  Buckethead is widely known for being one of the fastest guitar players on the planet.  He also a kick ass bass player and an overall amazing live performer.

Buckethead has most recently performed as a soloist, although he has collaborated with many high-profile artists such as Bill Laswell, Les Claypool, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, and a ton more.


Drummer Bryan “Brain" Mantia has played with Guns N’ Roses, Praxis, Primus, Tom Waits, Buckethead and Godflesh.  Raised in the South Bay city of Cupertino, CA, Mantia began playing drums at age 16, perfecting his skills at the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood.  He played with Tom Waits (Bone Machine) and others before co-forming the funk/experimental supergroup Praxis.  Included in the group were Parliament-Funkadelic veterans Bootsy Collins (bass) and Bernie Worrell (keyboards), as well as masked guitarist Buckethead and producer Bill Laswell -- resulting in countless releases throughout the ‘90s (including such standouts as Transmutation, Mutatis Mutandis, Transmutation Live and Warzsawa.  Mantia continued to work with Buckethead outside of Praxis -- playing on solo Buckethead albums Giant Robot and Monsters and Robots.

The late ‘90s saw Mantia appear on releases by Godflesh (Songs of Love and Hate, Love and Hate in Dub), and Primus (whom Mantia was briefly a member of in 1989).  Mantia toured extensively with the trio and played on such albums as The Brown Album, Rhinoplasty, and Anti-Pop.  

Axl Rose invited Mantia to join his overhauled version of Guns N' Roses (at the insistence of Buckethead, who was brought on board as Slash's replacement). Mantia appeared with the group in 2001 and 2002  while continuing to lay down tracks for the oft-delayed new Guns N' Roses studio release, Chinese Democracy.

Worldwide recognition has now cemented Brains popularity as one of the premiere drummers in contemporary music.  He has released an

Instructional drum video/DVD for Warner Bros. (Shredding Repis on the Gnar-Gnar Rad) and was a regular columnist for Drum! Magazine. He recorded and produced his own Beat DVD-R Brain: One Stroke Done (Big Fish Audio), consisting of 8 GIGs of 24 bit multitrack Pro Tools drum sessions.

Brain is endorsed by DW drums, Pacific Drums, Zildjian cymbals and sticks, LP percussion, REMO heads, Joe Montineri snare drums, DC Shoe and Clothing Co., Apple Computer, Akai, IK Multimedia, Antares, Cycling 74 (MAX) and Red Bull energy drink.


Dan Monti, also known by his stage name Del Rey Brewer, is a musician, composer, producer and engineer who has worked with such bands as Metallica, Slayer and Guns N' Roses.  The bulk of his work, however, has been in conjunction with Buckethead, with whom he has also toured as a bassist.

Monti has been credited on many albums in his career, the first being Bucketheadland 2 in 2003.  He has since gone on to produce most of Buckethead's albums, a few examples being Pepper's Ghost, Decoding The Tomb of Bansheebot, and Cyborg Slunks.  He is also credited on many of these albums as the bassist, as well as co-writer and mixer.  Monti has also contributed to many high-profile bands' albums, including Serj Tankian's solo albums.  He is listed for "additional engineering" or as "assistant engineer" on Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy, on which Buckethead is also featured, as well as being credited for "digital editing" on Metallica's Death Magnetic and Slayer's World Painted Blood.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and showtime is 7:30.


Door Time: 
October 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
$20 Advance, $25 Day of Show