Name: Kevin M. Buck
Playing (years): 15 years (in this life)
Style: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal instrumental classical blues psychedelic shred with an occult overtone that will evolve the state of the guitar. The next in the lineage of the true rock guitarists (Sor, Tarrega, Segovia, Jimi, Ritchie, Uli, Eddie, Randy, Yngwie, Vai, Becker) …Buck
1991 U.S.A. Jackson Randy Rhoads (with moon and lightning design.)
1996 Fender Am. Standard Stratocaster (50th Anniversary model)
1973 Gibson SG Standard (with ebony fingerboard)
A few other shitty acoustics.
Moog Taurus II Bass Pedals
Morley Bad Horsie Wah Wah
Jim Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah
Boss DD6 Digital Delay
Boss TU Tuner
Boss DD5 Digital Delay
MXR Distortion +
Morley Lil’ Alligator Volume
Boss CE 5 Chorus
Yamaha SY85 Synth/Sequencer
2 Ampeg VL1002 heads thru 2 Ampeg 4×12 Cabinets.
Hughe’s & Kettner Blonde Edition
Roland Jazz Chorus
Alembic 6 string Bass
Galien Kruger Bass head
Bag End Cabinets
Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals
Endorsements: currently seeking from top companies
Past accomplishments: Buck has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as Dave Uhrich, Joe Stump, Joe Lynn Turner, Happenin’ Harry & the Haptones, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Disturbed, Trouble, Enuff Z’Nuff, and Roger Daltry who said that Kevin M. Buck is “one of the greatest guitarists ever.” Leslie West of Mountain said, “this kid has a fucking encyclopedia worth of shit in his mind.” Recently, Buck won the 2003 Guitar Idol Competition sponsored by 97.9 WLUP-FM in Chicago.
Kevin M. Buck’s first album, Initiation, is a collection of the songs that have haunted Buck for the past ten years. These songs were inspired by melodies heard in dreams and meditations. Initiation displays the incredible guitar style that dwells within Buck’s ethereal, and sometimes devastating, compositions. Initiation was recorded at Linder Ave. Recording Studios and released independently on Osiris Records. Buck’s release party was Oct.11th at Excaliber in Chicago. He made it a benefit concert for ALS disease, to help raise money for Jason Becker (one of his favorite guitarists).
During his senior year at Lions Township High School, Buck found work teaching guitar at The Sound Post in LaGrange, Illinois. Thus, Buck began his thriving teaching career. He enjoys teaching, and is well-versed in music reading, transcription, and rhythmic dictation. Teaching has taught him both a great diversity of styles and patience with humanity. It also allows him to keep up on current music. Buck presently teaches guitar and music theory at A Sound Education in Brookfield, Illinois. He gives private lessons as well.
Buck formed The Blizzard of Ozz, the highly successful Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, in 1996. Today, The Blizzard of Ozz continues to tour the Midwest, playing over fifty Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne songs. Buck has received much praise for his work with The Blizzard of Ozz, and enjoys playing the music of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. “I wouldn’t be in any other tribute act. I love the guitar styles of Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Tony Iommi,” says Buck. “The music offers enough diversity to make my job fun as fuck, and still allows for my own self expression.”
Buck formed Euphoric Darkness, an original heavy metal band, with his school-mate Eric Pine on the bass guitar. Euphoric Darkness enjoyed a faithful following throughout the Chicagoland area, playing at such legendary clubs as The Thirsty Whale, The Riviera, The Vic Theater, and The Gateway Theater. The band later became known as Imagery.
The current line up features: Tommy Salzburg, formerly of Metal Blade recording artists Tattoo, on drums; Eric Pine on the six string bass guitar; and Kevin M. Buck on guitar, mandolin, keys, and vocals.
Current and upcoming projects: Currently Playing shows in support of Initiation. Looking for a bigger record label to gain more exposure. A vocal oriented 2nd album will be released within a couple years. Another 4 albums are all conceptualized in my mind of various styles. I intend on releasing a few other bands albums on my own label Osiris Records. To show the world that music does not have to come from Infinity and Clear Channel. Corporate radio and MTV have completely unholy agendas that they cannot do anything about the art has turned into a happy meal.
I plan on writing a few books. Mostly about guitar and musick, some about metaphysics. To create an easy method to relate colours, planets, astrology, and numerology with the intervals, scales, and chords. Thus teaching us all the relationships and differences of every person and thing. I call it all the forbidden arts.
I will also make an instructional guitar video. To show people much easier methods to solo using scales and arpeggios. To show an easy way of knowing keys and the fingerings on the neck, and the relationship of chords and scales (riffs and solos). To give some totally fucking insane licks to the world. To bury Mel Bay’s old ass. Though we should all read.
I plan on deprogramming the brainwashed minds of society, and to free the enslaved artsists. Tell the secrets of the Freemasons. Also, tell the secrets of Jesus Christ. To Fuck the Man!(Not a sexual remark) Yeah, and to make the Senior PGA Tour at 50 years old.
Favorite guitarist: Fuck! I have alot of them. Here is an incomplete list. Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, Uli Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, Tony Iommi, Craig Goldy, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Danny Gatton, Wes Montgomery, Andres Segovia, Nicolo Paganini(yeah he played guitar), Michael Shenker, all the guys with a last name of King or Lee and many many more.
Most underrated players: For rock and metal I’d say Jason Becker, Uli Roth and Yngwie (at least in the states) and all those country pickers and jazz guys that don’t get enough shout outs.
Best musician you’ve ever seen: Steve Vai, he is like He-Man.(If He-man was heterosexual, played guitar, had smaller muscles, but still had the power of Grayskull)
Four words that best describe what you want to get across in your playing: mystical, perpetual, virtuosic, magick
Your hero: Jason Becker, he deserves many eternal rewards for his efforts. He was probably physically speaking, the best guitarist ever. If he can handle all his problems and still be a good person, and an insane composer, than it should be easy for me to at least play the 5th Caprice flawlessly right?
Ultimate goal: World Domination, and the ability to connect my eternal path throughout time.
attn: Kevin M. Buck
2306 Elmwood Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402