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Billy Sheehan (born on 1953 March 19 in Buffalo, NY) is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Niacin. Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See Buffalo for other places with this name. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan (born March 19, 1953 in Buffalo, New York,) is a bass guitarist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born 10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana) is a American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen. ... Mr. ... Niacin is a neo-fusion instrumental trio featuring Billy Sheehan, Dennis Chambers and John Novello. ...


Sheehan has won Guitar Player [1] magazine's "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Guitar Player has likened his soloing on the four-string instrument to Eddie Van Halen's on the six-string guitar. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping and controlled feedback. However, Sheehan is also noted as a steady "true" bassist, fulfilling the traditional supportive role of the electric bass in the rock idiom. Edward Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955[1] in Amsterdam, Netherlands), is a guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... This article is about the music technique. ...


He has also been with the Church of Scientology for 35 years. [2] Scientology cross Symbol Doctrine Practices Concepts People Public outreach Organization Controversy The Church of Scientology is a religious organization, often controversial, that is devoted to the practice and the promotion of Scientology belief system. ...

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Early years

Billy Sheehan's first instrument was an acoustic guitar that he borrowed incessantly from his sister. Legend has it that Sheehan wanted an electric guitar, but his grandmother said: "Over my dead body!" and that there would never be an electric guitar in her house as long as she was alive. She died soon after, and with some of her life insurance money Billy bought his first electric guitar. Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ...


However, Sheehan says that when he saw Tim Bogert of the band Vanilla Fudge using a Fender Precision bass with a maple fingerboard, he switched to the bass. [citation needed] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vanilla Fudge was an American psychedelic band that recorded albums from 1967 to 1970. ... Categories: Music stubs | Electric bass guitars ... For other uses, see Maple (disambiguation). ... Fretted guitar fingerboard Fretless violin fingerboard The fingerboard, (also known as a fretboard on fretted instruments), is a part of most stringed instruments. ...


Electric bass innovator

Billy Sheehan's first electric bass was a Hagstrom FB, which was soon sistered by a Precision bass similar to Tim Bogert's. After acquiring the Precision bass, he removed the frets from the Hagstrom. Over the years, he heavily modified the Precision bass as well, adding a neck pickup and additional support for the bolt-on neck, which Sheehan considers its greatest weakness. The neck pickup was added for what Sheehan referred to as "super deep low end" modelled after Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds. The EB-O type pickup in the neck and the original split Precision bass pickup each have their own separate output jacks on the bass itself, allowing for control of the tone via the bass. Sheehan also uses two amps to achieve his signature tone (as do Chris Squire of Yes and Doug/Dug Pinnick of King's X), one with full distortion and notch filtering to sound more guitar-like for solos, and one super clean for the low end of the neck pickup. This bass has been retired, but he affectionately refers to it as "The Wife." [3] Hagström, or Hagstrom as the name was somtimes spelled, was an musical instrument manufacturer in Älvdalen, Dalarna County, Sweden. ... Yardbirds album cover The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock musics most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kings X is an American rock band noted for its spiritual lyrics and sophisticated music (including vocal arrangements inspired by The Beatles). ...


Sheehan played it regularly up until the late 1980s, when he began using self-designed Yamaha Attitude basses. These instruments are modelled on his Precision, but feature, in Sheehan's estimation, a number of improvements, including multi bolt-on neck construction style and an aftermarket device called the Hipshot D-tuner on the E-string, which allows him to quickly drop the pitch of the string to D and raise it again. The Yamaha Corporation (ヤマハ株式会社; TYO: 7951 ) is a Japanese company with a large number of product areas. ...


Musical influences

Sheehan cites a variety of influences, from Bogert and Cliff Burton to Johann Sebastian Bach, but credits Jimi Hendrix as his primary influence, possibly because his first show was a Hendrix concert. He also claims to have gotten the idea for two-handed tapping from Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who he saw use his right hand index finger to tap a note on the fretboard of his guitar at a concert. Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was a bass guitarist, best known for his work with the thrash/heavy metal band Metallica from 1982-86. ... “Bach” redirects here. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ...


Talas years

Sheehan’s first full-time band was Talas, a power trio with Dave Constantino on guitar and Paul Varga on drums. The band played a mixture of cover songs and original material, and all three instrumentalists alternated on lead vocals. Talas is a small town in northwestern Kyrgyzstan, beautifully located in a long valley between two imposing mountain ranges. ...


Talas was one of Buffalo's most popular local bands for over a decade, arguably attaining 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". It was during this time that Sheehan wrote some of his most famous songs, namely "Shy Boy" (later re-recorded with David Lee Roth), and the complex and frenetic "Addicted to that Rush" (later re-recorded with Mr Big). Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born 10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana) is a American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen. ...


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. This led Sheehan to an association with guitarist Michael Schenker and also helped land him the job touring with UFO in 1983. People whose surname is or was Sheehan include: Billy Sheehan, an American rock bassist Casey Sheehan, an American soldier Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist Timothy P. Sheehan, an American Congressman William F. Sheehan, an American politician Frank Sheehan, a Canadian politician John J. Sheehan, an American General, first Marine... Black Sheep, a Rochester, NY-based 1970s rock music band, was vocalist Lou Gramms second working band (the first was Poor Heart, which broke up c. ... Foreigner is a pop/rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... Ready or Not album cover Lou Gramm (born Louis Grammatico on May 2, 1950 in Rochester, New York) is an American rock music vocalist and songwriter best known for his role as the lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner. ... Nickname: Motto: Rochester: Made for Living Location of Rochester in New York State Country State County Monroe Government [1]  - Mayor Robert Duffy (D) Area  - City  37. ... People whose surname is or was Sheehan include: Billy Sheehan, an American rock bassist Casey Sheehan, an American soldier Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist Timothy P. Sheehan, an American Congressman William F. Sheehan, an American politician Frank Sheehan, a Canadian politician John J. Sheehan, an American General, first Marine... Talas is a small town in northwestern Kyrgyzstan, beautifully located in a long valley between two imposing mountain ranges. ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... People whose surname is or was Sheehan include: Billy Sheehan, an American rock bassist Casey Sheehan, an American soldier Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist Timothy P. Sheehan, an American Congressman William F. Sheehan, an American politician Frank Sheehan, a Canadian politician John J. Sheehan, an American General, first Marine... Michael Schenker (born January 10, 1955) is a German hard rock and heavy metal guitarist and former member of UFO and a founding member of Scorpions and the Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G). ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


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. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ...


Seeking to take Talas further than just regional success, Billy 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 Billy had previously worked in his side project (the Billy Sheehan Band). Talas would release only one more album, Live Speed on Ice. 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. 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 and Bruno Ravel on bass, but by this time Talas was dead. Johnny Angel is a 1945 film starring George Raft. ... Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. ... Jimmy DeGrasso (born March 16, 1963 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is a American heavy metal drummer. ... Al Pitrelli (born September 29, 1962 in New York, NY) is a guitarist, best known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Savatage, Blue Öyster Cult and O2L. // Al Pitrelli attended Berklee School of Music in Boston in the early 80s where he studied with other notable... Bruno Ravel is a bassist and guitarist who is most famous for playing in the band Danger Danger. ...


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 and he did not play on any of their releases. Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by its signature high speed and aggression. ... Dan Spitz (Born: January 28, 1963) is the current lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Anthrax. ...


Recent Talas activity

Billy has recently reunited the original Talas trio for a few shows here and there as well as the live CD If We Only Knew Then, issued on Metal Blade. ("Sink Your Teeth Into That" and "Live Speed On Ice" were combined and re-released as the CD Billy Sheehan: The Talas Years on Relativity Records.)


On 2006 December 23, Billy sat in with the Dave Constantino Band at Club Impact in Buffalo. Johnny Angel was the solo opening act for the evening.


Post-Talas

David Lee Roth tapped Sheehan, guitarist Steve Vai, and drummer Gregg Bissonette to be his band for the Eat 'Em and Smile album, Roth's second after leaving Van Halen. The recording yielded the hard rock classic "Yankee Rose" and showcased Sheehan's rhythmic sensibilities. After Roth's Skyscraper album was issued, Sheehan left the band to pursue other opportunities. Steve Vai followed shortly thereafter. David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born 10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana) is a American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gregg Bissonette, (born June 9th, 1959, Detroit, Michigan) is an American drummer. ... Eat Em and Smile is the debut full-length album by David Lee Roth (formerly of Van Halen), released in 1986. ... Skyscraper was the second full-length album by David Lee Roth (of Van Halen), released in 1988. ...


In 1988, Billy Sheehan, along with singer Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, and drummer Pat Torpey formed Mr Big. Mr Big had huge American hits with "Addicted to That Rush" from their eponymous first album and the ballad, "To Be With You" (from their second album, Lean Into It,) but were unable to duplicate it with later releases. However, the band had a huge following in Japan. Internal tensions led to Gilbert quitting the band in 1997. Richie Kotzen replaced him, and was with Mr Big until the group's breakup in 2002. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric Martin (born on October 10, 1960, in Long Island, New York State) is a singer, best known as the former vocalist of hard rock band Mr. ... Paul Brandon Gilbert (November 6, 1966) is a guitarist best known for his work with Racer X and Mr. ... [[<img src=http://img143. ... Lean Into It is an album by hard rock band Mr. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... | name = Richie Kotzen | genre = Rock, Jazz fusion, Soul music | affiliation = Poison Mr. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Billy Sheehan has toured Poland with UFO, and joined Steve Vai on the well-regarded G3 tour (DVD, G3: Live in Denver, 2004). He is a regular member of Vai's touring band (DVD, Steve Vai: Live at the Astoria London, 2003) and also has performed on many of his solo albums. In 1999, he helped to record the widely acclaimed album "Brotherhood", with the multi-platinum Japanese band, B'z, and subsequently played with the band live for their 2002 "Green" Tour in front of total 750,000 audience. UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... G3 is an almost annual live music show and concert tour featuring three select guitarists of the generation; hence its name. ... This article is about the year. ... Brotherhood is the tenth album by Japanese hard rock band Bz, released on July 14, 1999. ... Bz (pronounced bees) is a popular and influential Japanese hard rock band comprised of Tak Matsumoto , guitar) and Koshi Inaba (稲葉 浩志 Inaba Kōshi, vocals). ...


In 2001, Billy Sheehan released a long-awaited solo album, Compression, and in 2005, he recorded his second solo effort, Cosmic Troubadour. Both feature Sheehan singing and playing guitar. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Compression is the first solo album by bassist Billy Sheehan, formerly of Talas and Mr. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2002, Sheehan guested on metal fusion band Planet X's MoonBabies, which led to his involvement on Planet X keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Black Utopia 2003. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Bitches Brew (1970) by Miles Davis is considered the most influential early fusion album. ... Planet X is an evolution of keyboardist Derek Sherinians 1999 solo album Planet X. Sherinian has stated in several interviews that his intention when forming Planet X was to create a band that played their instruments so fiercely, that they would strike fear in the hearts of all musicians... Moonbabies is a Swedish duo formed in 1997 by core members Ola Frick (Vocals, Guitar and misc. ... Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966 in Laguna Beach, California) is a ‎rock and fusion keyboardist based in Los Angeles, California. ... Black Utopia is the third solo album by keyboardist Derek Sherinian. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Another of Sheehan's projects is the three-piece jazz-rock-fusion band, Niacin, which also features drummer Dennis Chambers and Hammond B3 player John Novello. Niacin is a neo-fusion instrumental trio featuring Billy Sheehan, Dennis Chambers and John Novello. ... Dennis Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, Steely Dan, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, and many others. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hammond organ. ...


Sheehan is also the author of a popular series of instructional books and videos, and, even though he has little formal training on the electric bass guitar, gives bass clinics and has hosted seminars at the famous Berklee College of Music. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ...


Sheehan along with Mike Portnoy, Gary Cherone, and Paul Gilbert performed three concerts in the end of May 2006 as Amazing Journey: A Tribute to The Who. Michael Stephen Mike Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer primarily known for his work with the progressive metal band Dream Theater. ... Gary Cherone (b. ... Paul Brandon Gilbert (November 6, 1966) is a guitarist best known for his work with Racer X and Mr. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sheehan recently joined up with bassists Jeff Berlin and Stu Hamm, along with guitarist Jude Gold and drummer John Mader for the bx3 tour; a spin off of the G3 tour focusing on bass instead of guitar. They recently completed a short Southeast Asian tour, stopping in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei. Jeff Berlin (born January 17, 1953) is an American electric bass player. ... Stuart Hamm (born February 8, 1960) is a highly respected bass player, known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well for his virtuosic style of playing. ... Bx3 is a concert touring project by bassists Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin. ...


Equipment

Billy's main bass is a Yamaha Billy Sheehan Attitude 4 string bass with aftermarket blue LEDs and laser pointer, by Sims UK. He is a long time user of the Hipshot Bass D-tuner which allows him to drop the low E to a lower D on his bass' 4th string, all of his signature Yamaha basses have them factory installed. Billy is a long time Ampeg user, he has used Ampeg SVT-4Pro amplifiers for several years. Ampeg also makes his signature SVP-BSP pre-amps. A few more of his main rack units are: a no longer produced Pearce solid state dual channel pre-amp, he uses it to get distorted tones, as well as an Ashley dual channel compressor. He runs it all through two or four (depending on venue size) Ampeg 8x10 bass cabinets. Ampeg is an American instrument amplifier manufacturer. ...


See also

Bx3 is a concert touring project by bassists Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin. ...

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Billy Sheehan (born 1953 in Buffalo, New York,) is a bass guitarist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr.
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Sheehan is also the author of a popular series of instructional books and videos, and, even though he has little formal training on the electric bass guitar, gives bass clinics and has hosted seminars at the famous Berklee College of Music.
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