Written by Jason Greenfield
Infamous guitarist, Brian Carroll, or whom is better known as Buckethead, has announced during an interview on the Coming Alive podcast that he is battling a heart condition.
As a musician whom has collaborated with many of the greats over his 30 year career, in the form of Iggy Pop, Bill Laswell and even playing alongside the prolific Guns’N’Roses for a four-year stint, Buckethead has left his mark upon the genre and has had a number of struggles over the years.
When asked on Coming Alive “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever gone through?” Carroll opened up about being diagnosed with his condition:
“Well, recently, I have had a heart problem, where my heart beats out of rhythm. It’s been like this for a long time, but recently it has really kicked up and became more intense.” He continued “I had no idea what was going on, I just tried to deal with it, let it do what it would do, and hoped that it would eventually stop. But after a period where it was really intense, I went to a doctor and was told ‘You’re on the verge of having a stroke’ I was like ‘Wow’. I didn’t expect it because I had felt so good prior to having it.”
Elaborating on the condition he said “They suggested that I had an ablation, which is where they freeze your heart. It’s supposed to correct the rhythm of your heart. They said that the abnormal rhythm was something to do with nerves, that my heart was fine – maybe that the condition was genetic. I’ve had the procedure, but it hasn’t really stopped the issue and I’m still dealing with it.”
He added “I’ve got this thing that exists in me, and I can’t really escape it. I’m constantly aware of how intense my heart beat is or how fast it is beating. It’s definitely a scary experience, but it’s also doing me a lot of good, because now I feel a sense of urgency about doing all the things I want to do – and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff.”
The guitarist concluded “I could be gone tomorrow. Anybody could, but that’s a heavy experience. I want to play right now, and I want to play that experience.”