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Guitarist Kevin M.
Buck has released three albums and a book about guitar playing.
Buck began playing music throughout Chicago, at a young age and has played at such legendary clubs as The
Thirsty Whale, The Riviera, The House of Blues, and The Vic Theater.
In high school Buck was chosen to teach his high school music class for
credit instead of taking the course.
Buck graduated from Joliet Junior College with a 4.0 GPA and received a
certificate in Music Technology.
Buck has shared the
stage with acclaimed artists such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Uli Jon Roth
(Scorpions), Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen),
Disturbed, Gary Hoey, Joe Stump and many others including Roger Daltry (The
Who), who remarked that Kevin M. Buck is “one of the greatest guitarists ever.”
Leslie West of
Mountain said, “This kid has a f^cking encyclopedia worth of sh!t in his mind.”
Steve Vai (Frank
Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatrazz) stated, “I listened to a handful
of your sound clips and was impressed with your technique on the instrument. Sounds like you have great control. Jam on.”
Buck won the 2003
Guitar Idol Competition sponsored by 97.9 WLUP-FM in Chicago.
Buck formed, and still
tours with, the highly successful Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath tribute band The
Blizzard of Ozz.
Buck has also played
many sold out shows with Battery, the national Metallica tribute act that
opened shows for Metallica themselves on the Garage, Inc. tour.
In 2006, Uli Jon Roth
awarded Buck a scholarship to attend Sky Academy in Los Angeles. Buck played with and learned from Roth, who
called Buck “a virtuoso,” and thinks Buck’s playing is “very good, very very
good. . . some very inventive and creative stuff.” In 2012, Buck opened a sold out show for Uli
at Reggie’s in Chicago.
Buck enjoys doing
guitar clinics at music stores and trade shows teaching people guitar tricks
and his methods of guitar playing. Buck
gives private guitar lessons as well. Buck teaches all styles of music and
truly enjoys making people better musicians.
Buck recently released
the book Guitar in Theory and Practice. Guitar in Theory and Practice
is designed to give guitar players a method to become better musicians by
taking the most important ideas of music and presenting them in a simplistic
way for guitar players. Guitar in Theory and Practice is the
first book containing a poster that relates astrological signs, pitches,
colors, planets, gods, elements of life, masculine and feminine dualities,
time, intervals, numbers, modes and chakras.
Kevin M. Buck’s first
album, Initiation was released on October 11, 2003. Initiation is an instrumental rock album and
displays Buck’s creative and virtuosic guitar playing. Jason Becker (Cacophony,
David Lee Roth) commented on Initiation saying, “I like the CD a lot.
You’re the man.” Buck organized two
benefit concerts for Jason Becker, raising thousands of dollars to help find a
cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Euphoric Darkness was released October 11, 2007. Euphoric Darkness is a
collection of heavy metal songs with unique and memorable vocals, riffs, and
solos. This second album features Buck’s
songwriting and vocal abilities, along with his insane guitar talent.
Buck’s album, Musick for the New Aeon, was
released April 20, 2012 by Osiris Records and Steve Vai’s Digital Nations
record label. It features Atma Anur on
drums and Ferdy Doernburg on keyboards. Kevin M Buck was featured in the June
2012 edition of the Illinois Entertainer magazine.
Buck also played with the Metallica tribute
band Blackened from 2015-2017 before leaving Blackened to start his own
Metallica tribute band Dyers Eve in 2018.
Dyers Eve plays over 80 Metallica songs and is regarded as the most
authentic sounding Metallica tribute band in the world.
Buck’s future plans include more instructional
content, recording, clinics, and touring.
More info about Kevin can be found at www.kevinmbuck.com.
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