Jason Becker: An Inspirational Story That Will Make You Go One Step Ahead


If there is one story, one man, one battle that the music industry can never forget, it is that of Jason Eli Becker – a prodigy that took the late 80’s music scene by storm at the very tender age of 16. Becker was clearly headed towards becoming the greatest guitarist the world would ever see. During his brief stint in the showbiz where the world watched him play his intricate compositions, especially his solo Album ‘Perpetual Burn’ it could very well be argued that he was already amongst the best. After releasing two records with Cacophony and one solo record, Becker was called upon to play for the legendary David Lee Roth, filling in the shoes of guitar greats Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. Jason Becker recorded one Album ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’ with David Lee Roth.

In the year 1990, at the age of 20, Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Jason missed out on what was going to be his biggest and wildest tour, and eventually he had to leave David Lee Roth. He was unable to play the guitar anymore, courtesy of ALS, a disorder that paralyses the person muscle by muscle, and eventually it results in complete paralysis. Doctors had given Jason a time of 3-5 years to stay alive but Jason had other plans. There was so much more music trapped inside his head that there wasn’t a single moment where Jason felt that he can’t go on anymore. Even with all the odds stacked up against him where he was unable to move, or speak, Jason Becker continued to live life and to make music.

With the help of a system of communication developed by his father and a computer Program, Jason continued making music. Jason says that it is this ability to go on composing music that keeps him alive. An average life span from onset to death of a person suffering from ALS is 39 Months. Jason Becker has been living with the disorder for 26 years now. His amazing spirit and the thirst to make more music has managed to put Jason Becker one step ahead of ALS. Guitar great Steve Vai aptly describes this as a “Testament to the power of the will of the human mind.”

Jason Becker’s perseverance has been an inspiration to a lot of people. Many musicians may come and go but there can only be one Jason Becker. His guitar skills as a teenager which were a level above insanity and his victory in the fight against ALS have indeed put him One Step Ahead. From his simple and humble nature in his earlier days to his fierce fighting spirit, Becker was, is and will be a talent like no other. Passing the test of adversity and inspiring loads of young people, Becker will remain in our hearts forever.

– Hannan Ahmed


9 thoughts on “Jason Becker: An Inspirational Story That Will Make You Go One Step Ahead

  • June 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

    The way Becker played at such a young age, he could have easily become the best! A very tragic yet inspiring story.

  • June 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I have been a fan of Jason for decades, however:

    ”Becker was clearly headed towards becoming the greatest guitarist the world would ever see.”

    Please step down the hype, it’s always you half-backed journalists who inflate things or deflate them too much, because you don’t know anything about music, and then people take it out on the artists themselves because they believe the artists said these things.

    Becker was a very talented rock and metal guitarist and very influential in the ”shred” guitar scene worldwide. But to say that ANYONE would be ‘the greatest guitarist the world would ever see’ sounds so hyped and lacking in credibility. Please step down the hype, first because a worthy and sensible musician like Becker does not needs it at all in the first place, and secondly, because this type of fluff does people more harm than good. One word of advice: hire someone who can write about popular music. ‘Popular music’ is a term used by musicologists to distinguish it from ‘classical music’, just so you know.

    • June 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      and of course, what I wrote says nothing about his story and what he had been enduring. I have the utmost respect for that. I only evidenced the unnecessary stuff and hype that people write about other people, which again does nothing good for the artist or for the author of the article.

    • June 18, 2016 at 12:38 am

      Thankyou for your comment.
      “Becker was clearly headed towards becoming the greatest guitarist the world would would ever see”
      we only mean it as a goal that most musicians set for themselves. That is to be the best at what they do. It’s a way of writing. Nowhere has it objectively been mentioned that Becker would be the greatest or that Becker said he would be the greatest.
      Thank you.

      • August 6, 2016 at 6:22 am

        Hannan/Admin thanks for the article Man….
        Musicologist you have a valid point…the only thing you need to change is the way you gave feedback mate.. avoid insulting/condescending stuff.. nobody is perfect…as Music lovers lets keep the respect as we sharpen each other..its good to have healthy discussions…cheers to that!

        The two phrases in the sentence that is causing all the trouble is “the greatest guitarist..”
        & “Would ever see” . When both fall in the same sentence it clearly implies that one day Jason Becker would become the greatest and nobody else would ever be able to surpass him, this shows undue bias and is blindly shutting the door to any other great/talented guitarist in the future..

        If its rephrased as “Becker was clearly headed towards becoming one of the greatest guitarist the world would ever see” that still makes it a bit palatable based on his track record..

        Admin/author keep up the good work and always appreciate feedback 🙂 Criticisms are the fire that take you higher..take what’s precious and leave the rest….sometimes its harsh but worth it!

  • June 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Jason Becker is indeed a gem of a person . Without a doubt one of the most inspirational personalities in music.

  • June 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Great read, very inspiring!


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