Buckethead was born when Brian Patrick Carroll became an accomplished guitarist at the age of 19. He wore a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken on his head, and to hide his face he wore an emotionless mask. He looked in the mirror and decided that was the real Buckethead.

Today, he has become an instrumentalist who seems to live in a universe completely parallel to ours. His music displays the extended talent he has and the strangeness that overshadows his being. The guitarist who is one of the fastest guitar shredders you can find covers different musical genres including progressive metal, funk, blues, bluegrass and ambient.

Bio & Age – Who is Buckethead?

Buckethead is a multi-instrumentalist who, despite having a solo career, has collaborated with many other artists and bands, including Guns N’ Roses. He was born Brian Patrick Carroll on May 13, 1969 in Pomona, California.

Patrick was raised as the youngest of five children to his parents Nancy and Tom Carroll who died in 2013 and 2014 respectively. His father worked as an athletic director at Damien High School. His family didn’t stay very far from Disneyland, so he built his childhood memory around him, because he was always visiting.

At the age of 12, an elderly man began to teach him to play the guitar, but he did not take it seriously. Later, he moved to Claremont where he decided to improve his guitar skills and attend lessons. When he started, he left his face open until he saw the horror film Halloween 4 (1988) and was enthralled by the Buckethead character.

He was in a band called Class-X before he left and started his career as a solo artist. At that time, his guitar playing skills were very precise and went with speed and richness in harmony. In the years that followed, he collaborated with numerous bands, including the Limbomaniacs, Deli Creeps, Death Cube K, Viggo Mortensen, Guns N’Roses, Science Faxtion and Lawson Rollins.

In a career that spanned decades, Bucketheada released numerous albums both solo and with other bands and projects. He has over three hundred albums to his credit, as well as special releases, Extended Plays and Demo Tapes.

Among his albums are Bucketheadland (1992) Giant Robot (1994), The Day of the Robot (1996), Colma (1998), Monsters and Robots (1999), The Cuckoos from Hell (2004), Enter the Chicken (2005) , Kaleidoscalp (2005), and Electric Sea (2012).


As already stated, Carroll was raised by his parents Tom and Nancy Carroll in a fairly large family with four other siblings; John Carroll, who is the only brother, and his sisters: Lynn Carroll, Lori Carroll and Lisa Carroll.

At his age, it was not only the true face of Brian Patrick Carroll that the musician kept hidden, but also his personal life. For this reason, there is no information about his personal life, more specifically regarding his love life. More so, it is not known whether he has ever been married or has children.

Net value

When it comes to his net worth, Buckethead is estimated to have a fortune of US$8 million. He got a lot out of his career which produced a lot and was also very successful. He also had many hit shows which attracted hundreds of thousands of his fans.

the size

The multi-instrumentalist music star is not only quite an odd figure in the way he does things, but he’s also very tall and skinny. He has a height of 6 feet 6 inches and a body weight of 78 kg.

Other interesting facts about Buckethead

1. In his debut as a singer, Buckethead entered a competition with his song “Brazos” and ended up in the final of the 1988 Guitarist magazine contest.

2. In addition to his career as a solo musician and his membership in various bands and projects, Buckethead has also made music for movies and video games.

3. He was nominated for the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for the highest rating for Flesh for the Beast (2003) and also a nomination for the Premios Fénix for the best music for Jauja (2014).

4. The music star has revealed he’s been battling heart disease. Even though he described it as something potentially fatal, there was no slowing down for him.

5. From 2000 to 2004, he was the lead guitarist for the band Guns N’ Roses. He left the group, frustrated by his inability to complete an album.