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Billy Sheehan


1974- Talas - bass, vocals  
1979 Michael Schenker Group - bass  
1985 Thrasher - bass  
1985-1988 David Lee Roth - bass  
1988- Mr. Big - bass  
2001-2007 Steve Vai - bass  
2011- The Winery Dogs - bass, vocals  
2017- Sons Of Apollo - bass  
2018- MIWA - bass  
2020- Octavision - bass  

Studio musician

1986 Tony MacAlpine - bass  

Live musician

1982-1983 UFO - bass  
1985 Yngwie Malmsteen - bass  

Guest musician

1986 Kuni - bass  
1994-1996 Glenn Tipton - bass  
1997 Munetaka Higuchi - bass  
1998 Explorers Club - bass  
2000 Kuni - bass  
2001 Jordan Rudess - bass  
2002 Planet X - bass  
2003 Derek Sherinian - bass  
2005 Maxine Petrucci - bass  
2006-2008 Marty Friedman - bass  
2008 Markus Grosskopf's Bassinvaders - bass  
2009 Bulldozer - bass  
2009 Tim "Ripper" Owens - bass  
2010 Kuni - bass, backing vocals  
2014 Gus G. - bass  
2016 Lita Ford - bass  
2020 Derek Sherinian - bass  
2021 Against Evil - bass  

Personal information

Born on: 19.03.1953

Official website

Billy Sheehan (born on 1953 March 19 in Buffalo, NY) is an Irish American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Niacin.

Sheehan has won Guitar Player 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.

He has also been with the Church of Scientology since 1971 and appeared on the street offering to defend it during Project Chanology.

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 Sheehan bought his first electric guitar.

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.

Billy became a Scientologist in 1971 when somebody knocked on his door and sold him a Dianetics book. After he had read it, he became a member of the Church of Scientology and now holds a level of OT III (Operating Thetan Level 3).