Bass legend, Billy Sheehan is my latest guest. We went back throughout his entire career, to his Talas years, joining David Lee Roth, to releasing a record last year. We talk about the late Phil Nero and his passing. “He was giving it 200%” Billy said about his vocal performance on the last album.
Winery Dogs 3 is out now. Billy talks about playing with Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy. Apparently, Richie stopped using a pick while playing his guitar. That’s a crazy story.
What did he do during the lockdown? “I did tracks for people.” He did over 600 tracks for bands and musicians from all over, and all styles of music. He told some amusing stories about doing that for people.
He gives an update on what’s going on with Mr. Big. He said they have a drummer ready to go, but that person is currently doing other things, so they can’t announce who it is just yet.
Billy goes home every year for the Musicians of Buffalo Annual Christmas Concert. He told me what inspired that and what a joy it is to play. We talked about a collaboration he did with an Indonesian band called Dewa 19. Tyler Connolly from Theory of a Deadman gave me a great question – who’s the best guitar player he’s played with? Billy has shared the stage with legendary players. His answer? “That would be tough”
On his time in David Lee Roth’s band “We had a riot…what an adventure!”
See Billy with the Winery Dogs at the Token Lounge on March 11th.
You can watch the whole interview below.