Former David Lee Roth guitarist Jason Becker is back home after a hospitalization last month. He recently took to social media to update and thank his many fans for their support.
“Hey everyone, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, after many months of scary health issues, and thinking I was on my way out,” Becker said. “Once again, thank you for all your prayers and well-wishes; I honestly feel that energy and I’m very grateful. It feels so good to know you are out there and your kindness and support brings tears to my eyes.”
In early April it was reported that Becker, who was been living with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) of over 30 years, suffered from a bacterial infection which left him hospitalized and suffering from shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate.
Below is Becker’s complete post to his Instagram page:
In December Becker posted private, home video footage from the day that Eddie Van Halen visited him at his home back in 1996. Along with the heartwarming video, Becker posted the following:
“An amazing meeting took place on August 31, 1996. That’s when Eddie Van Halen spent the day with a guy who had followed in his footsteps playing alongside David Lee Roth—Jason Becker. Jason had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and was not in good shape. Van Halen came to Jason’s house to give love and support—as well as a guitar—to his friend and to film an ALS awareness promotional video. During that time, Eddie told stories, talked about his creative process, and played amazing music, instantly sounding exactly like Eddie Van Halen even when playing Jason’s guitar through a small practice amp.
“This never-before-seen footage shows a side of Eddie Van Halen that goes far beyond his brilliant musicianship: a sweet, caring, generous personality, devoid of the trappings of fame or rock stardom. The video also documents the incredible strength of Jason Becker, who had been deprived of his shot at fame as well as his genius guitar skills, but still found the courage and the will to battle a debilitating disease.
“’Eddie was such a beautiful person,’ says Becker. “He was incredibly kind to me and my family. Not only was he my biggest influence, he had such a huge heart. He honestly saved my life.
“This video is a must-see piece of history, not just for guitarists but for everyone. It truly shows the magic of kindness and a depth of emotion that we can all use more of.”