Brian Carroll: Buckethead diagnosed with Heart Condition.

A Conversation With Buckethead

If you're at all into the guitar (or were a Guns N' Roses fan), then chances are you know who Buckethead is. And if you've never heard of him, prepare to meet one of the most talented, generous, and soulful human beings around. In this episode of Coming Alive, Barry talks to Buckethead (whose real name is Brian Carroll), about his Part X, his recent struggles with back pain, how he's coping with the death of both his parents, and his life's dream to build an amusement park. They also talk about the creative process and the genesis of Brian's Buckethead persona.

"I just tried to deal with it and let it do what it did, and eventually it would stop,” he continued. "But it got really intense, so I went to the doctor and they said, 'You're on the verge of having a stroke.'" 
“They suggested I had a thing called an ablation, they go in and freeze your heart. It’s supposed to do something with the nerves, because they said my heart was fine, but it could be a genetic thing, they didn’t really know. I had that procedure, and it didn’t really stop it, and I’m still dealing with it," he added. 
"I take medication, which is tough, because I never took anything my whole life, although if I eat food or drink something that’s probably worse anyway (laughs). So it’s been really difficult, because it’s scary because it comes on. Even walking across a room is difficult, luckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk, but it’s pretty intense.”