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Buckethead could have been a gold mine for Axl Rose: The enigmatic guitarist is the perfect combination of Marilyn Manson’s pop-weirdness and Captain Beefheart’s virtuosity. No doubt Axl saw that Bucket—who sports an overturned family-size KFC container on his noggin—could provide some much-needed momentum for Guns N’ Roses’ stalled resuscitation. Alas, Bucket was already pursuing his solo career when he joined up with the Gunners, and—shockingly—he proved a flake when it came to important band functions. But, all chicken-related bullshit aside, the truth is that even the legendary G N’ F’N’ R couldn’t contain Buckethead. Watch him fly free at 8:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 397-7328. (Mike Kanin)