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Jason Becker  

Musician, Songwriter & Composer; Longest Currently Living Person with ALS

Jason Eli Becker is a musician, songwriter, and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album Perpetual Burn in 1988, also through Shrapnel. He later joined David Lee Roth's band and recorded one album with him, A Little Ain't Enough.

Becker's performing career was cut short when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as ALS, a debilitating and fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Diagnosed in 1990, Becker lost the ability to speak in 1996. He now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer and has since released with Shrapnel Collection, a "best of" album of his favorite songs and three new songs. Becker is now the longest currently living person with ALS, since the death of Stephen Hawking in 2018.

Not only is Becker “not dead yet,” he’s busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by his latest release, Triumphant Hearts. The album’s 14 tracks showcase Beckers’s gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who’s-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others. And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Beckers’s amazing guitar playing—recorded in the ’80s and ’90s—graces several tunes.

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