Billy Sheehan
American musician
Billy Sheehan
William "Billy" Sheehan is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, and Niacin. Sheehan has won the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player Magazine five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping, right-hand "three-finger picking" technique and controlled feedback.
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What did the 1882 Transit of Venus look like? | Bad Astronomy
Discover Magazine - over 4 years
The Transit of Venus occurring Tuesday is the last one we’ll see for 105 years, but it’s not the first one we’ve seen! I saw the 2004 transit literally with my own eyes (wearing safe eclipse glasses – and which I plan to use to watch this one as well), and there were several witnessed before that. The last one before 2004 was in 1882, recent enough that photography was being used in astronomy. And it so happens that astronomers at Mt. Hamilton in California were able to take a series of 147 (!) images of the transit, 140 of which were used to make this amazing video: That. Is. So. Cool! Not too often you see a movie made in 1882! And the story behind these photos is interesting, too: they were made on glass plates, which, until the recent invention of electronic detectors were the go-to astronomical detectors. I’ve taken images on glass plates myself, and it’s a major pain in the neck. It’s incredible they got that many shots of the transit! The plates themselves languished, fo ...
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Updated Tim “Ripper” Owens tour details
Misformusic - almost 5 years
Press release: For the first time solo in Australia and New Zealand, Tim Ripper Owens performing Judas Priest classics, along with tracks from DIO, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN plus his own solo projects. Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past fifteen years. When he joined JUDAS PRIEST in May 1996, succeeding Rob Halford, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed: Owens had previously been a fairly unknown singer to international music journalists with only a few aware of him from his band WINTERS BANE but he recorded his first PRIEST album, the Grammy-nominated “Jugulator” (1997) with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording “Demolition” (2001), and the live recordings, “Meltdown – 98 Live” (1998) and “Live In London” (2003) were released as well as the movie “Rockstar”, which was loosely based on Tim’s experience with JUDAS PRIEST. Ha ...
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Mr. Big brings matured sound to HOB - Myrtle Beach Sun News
Google News - over 5 years
Billy Sheehan stays glad his group keeps making it big at different times around the Earth. The bass guitarist and the rest of the pop metal quartet that hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1991 with “To Be
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Mr. Big - What If ... [Album] - Altsounds.com
Google News - over 5 years
Consisting of Eric Martin of the Eric Martin Band on lead vocals, Billy Sheehan on bass from David Lee Roth, Paul Gilbert from Racer X on guitar and Pat Torpey on drums who had served under several musicians such as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame,
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TC Electronic releases Paul Gilbert Toneprints - miPRO
Google News - over 5 years
Gilbert – best known for forming Mr. Big with Billy Sheehan – has created one Toneprint for the Corona Chorus and another for the Hall of Fame Reverb. He wanted to create a sweet, shimmering chorus sound that would be suitable for both clean and dirty
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Sheehan's Mr. Big blasts past expectations - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
The regional rock 'n' roll faithful welcomed renowned bassist Billy Sheehan home in style Friday. Sheehan's Mr. Big— the group he formed in Los Angeles shortly after parting ways with David Lee Roth's solo band back in 1988 — brought its
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Mr. Big to Perform at House of Blues on August 27th Plus an Interview - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
The band consists of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums). Their tops hits included "To Be With You" which ranked #1 on the charts in 15 countries and "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
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The original bass pro - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
But in terms of sheer musical virtuosity, one name stands above the others — Billy Sheehan. Since emerging on the Western New York club scene as bassist and bandleader with the legendary rock band Talas some 35 years back, Sheehan has gone on to great
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Concert Review: Mr. Big and Lynch Mob at The Alrosa Villa, 8/13/2011 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Band founder Billy Sheehan is widely regarded as one of the greatest--maybe THE greatest--bassists in the rock history, and he demonstrated his incredible prowess all night. From finger-tapping to three-finger picking to his ingenious use of feedback,
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Mr. Big rocks on with Fillmore gig - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
New music: 1990s rockers Mr. Big — from left, Pat Torpey, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Eric Martin — have reunited and are on tour to promote their latest album “What If...” (Courtesy photo) Eric Martin's San Rafael neighbors always have a few
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Mr. Big's First US Tour in 15 Years Kicks Off This Month - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
I can't wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It's gonna be huge!" What If… is MR. BIG's first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early
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David Lee Roth, 'Eat 'Em and Smile' - Classic Album Review - Ultimate Classic Rock
Google News - over 5 years
Fact is, “Diamond” Dave had already assembled his own all-star rock band, featuring not just former Frank Zappa guitar whiz Steve Vai, but an equally dexterous and dynamic bass player, Billy Sheehan, as well as drum prodigy Gregg Bissonette
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MR. BIG Bassist Interviewed At Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival - June 26, 2011 - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
Barbara Caserta of the Italian web radio Linearock.it conducted an interview with bassist Billy Sheehan of the reunited MR. BIG at this year's Gods Of Metal festival, which was held on June 22 in Milan, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. MR
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Steve Vai Joins Guitar Workshop Plus Roster - Guitar International
Google News - over 5 years
He will join a roster that includes many legendary guitarists, including Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson, John Scofield, John Petrucci, Robben Ford, Billy Sheehan, and many more. Check out GI's recent interview with Steve Vai. Bravewords.com reports that
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Jeff Miers - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
Ask a person from somewhere else what they know about Buffalo music, and you're likely to hear the names Rick James, Billy Sheehan, the Goo Goo Dolls, Brian McKnight or Ani DiFranco. All of the above have done the Buffalo region proud
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Sheehan
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 58
    Sheehan, along with Portnoy and Richie Kotzen, recorded the debut album for their new band The Winery Dogs in August 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The self-titled album was released on May 5, 2013 in Japan, and July 23, 2013 worldwide. Their second album Hot Streak (album) was released in 2015. Sheehan has been an active member of the Church of Scientology since 1971.
    Sheehan toured with PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian), an instrumental supergroup, in the second half of 2012.
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    Sheehan reunited with his fellow Talas bandmates for a reunion concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York on July 28, 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 55
    In April 2009 Sheehan's third solo album, Holy Cow!, produced by Simone Sello, was released by Mascot Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album features guest appearances from Paul Gilbert, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and King's X bassist Doug Pinnick. Gilbert has stated in an interview that his amicable collaboration with Sheehan on Holy Cow!, recorded prior to January, was likely a factor in the decision to reunite Mr Big. Mr. Big is still together- their reunion album What If produced by Kevin Shirley was released December 15, 2010 in Japan, and January 21, 2011 in Europe. It was released February 8, 2011 in the U.S. A follow-up album, " The Stories We Could Tell", was released in September 2014.
    In January 2009 Billy Sheehan reunited with his old Mr Big band members: Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey for a reunion tour in Japan.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 31
    After Mitch Perry left the band, he was replaced by Johnny Angel, who played guitar with them for their 1985/86 US tour opening for Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force.
    More Details Hide Details There was a fourth Talas record, tentatively titled "Lights, Camera, Action" to be issued on Gold Mountain/A&M, but it never got past the demo stage due to Sheehan leaving to join David Lee Roth's solo band. Talas did briefly continue on under Phil Naro sans Sheehan, enlisting Jimmy Degrasso on drums, Al Pitrelli on guitar, Bruno Ravel on bass and Gary Bivona on keyboards but by this time Talas was dead and Ravel formed Danger Danger. Sheehan also auditioned for Toronto based rock band Max Webster, Sheehan being a long time friend of Max Webster singer guitarist Kim Mitchell who fronted Max Webster from 1973- 1981 In the early 1980s, Sheehan became involved with the proto-thrash metal band Thrasher, during this time he shared the stage with future Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz. His involvement with Thrasher did not last long but he did play on 2 songs from the self-titled LP, which has not been released on CD to date.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    This led Sheehan to an association with guitarist Michael Schenker and also helped land him the job touring with UFO in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Talas' first national exposure happened in 1980, when they opened thirty shows for Van Halen. However, success was elusive, and even as their brand of what came to be known as "glam metal" gained popularity over the next few years, Talas remained an unsigned act, due largely to poor management. They independently released their debut eponymous "Talas" LP on Evenfall Records (reissued by Metal Blade) and then "Sink Your Teeth into That" on Relativity Records. Seeking to take Talas further than just regional success, Sheehan reformed Talas with another drummer (Mark Miller), guitarist (Mitch Perry, also later of Heaven), and a dedicated vocalist, Phil Naro, with whom in the late 1970s Sheehan had previously worked in his side project (the Billy Sheehan Band). Talas would release only one more album, Live Speed on Ice.
  • 1978
    Age 24
    Talas was a popular local band in Buffalo for over a decade, attaining a cult status which spread into the northeast US and into Canada. In 1978, Talas released their eponymous debut album, which generated the regional hit single, "See Saw".
    More Details Hide Details It was during this time that Sheehan wrote "Shy Boy" (later re-recorded with David Lee Roth), and the complex and frenetic "Addicted to that Rush" (later re-recorded with Mr Big). In the late 1970s, Sheehan also played in a band called Light Years with drummer Ron Rocco who had earlier played in a band called Black Sheep with Foreigner singer Lou Gramm in Rochester, NY. After Sheehan returned to Talas they opened a show for UFO in Buffalo.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on March 19, 1953.
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