I saw a youtube about Jason Becker, a guitarist from the ’80s. Shredder style. I’m not into that style of music, so I’d never heard of him before. But the story is amazing. Check out the wiki story here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Becker. Or his own website here http://jasonbeckerguitar.com/.
The real short version of Jason’s story is this: insane guitarist as a kid/teenager, gets ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at 20, should have died a few years later later, but didn’t.
I’m not going to retell the whole story, but I gotta tell you, it’s an amazing story. They made a movie about his life, Not Dead Yet. http://www.jasonbeckermovie.com/.
Throughout the movie he is a very positive guy. Before he discovered he had ALS, and was playing gigs, he had a one liner he said all the time whenever anything was copacetic … Dang.
Try to check out the movie or the links …