the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
, legendary Jason Becker
shared a few thoughts on the viral trend, expressing much gratitude to everyone involved."I love it. It is amazing,"
ALS-stricken Becker told Billboard
via his communication system. "At first I didn't get it, but man, the awareness and money it has raised is incredible. I hope something great comes out of it for ALS patients."I just can't thank everyone enough for their support, especially during this ice bucket thing. Man, the love I feel is huge, and John Mayer, I love that guy."
As reported, John Mayer took
Jason's challenge with a heartwarming guitar tribute. Becker's remaining two nominees, Eddie Van Halen
and David Lee Roth
, didn't rise to the challenge, but the axeman is far from offended."It doesn't matter. Eddie has done so much for me. It is incredible how much he has helped me and my whole family,"
Becker said about how Van Halen "saved"
him and his family during a major financial crisis, and additionally got Warner Bros. to re-release Jason's 1996 album "Perspective
" in 2001. "So, [Eddie] doesn’t have to get wet,"