Billy Sheehan


Mr. Big / The Winery Dogs

“There's a definition of tonality I hear in my head with each note that I play and I associate that Sonically with Hartke.”

Billy Sheehan is a bass icon and his first full-time band was Talas, a power trio also featuring Dave Constantino on guitar and Paul Varga on drums. Talas opened up for Van Halen in 1980, which helped Billy land a gig as the bass player in the David Lee Roth Band. In 1988, Billy, along with singer Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert and drummer Pat Torpey formed Mr. Big. The band enjoyed success with acclaimed albums and high charting hits. Billy has also played on many of Steve Vai's solo albums. Billy released a long-awaited solo album, Compression, and in 2005, he recorded his second solo effort, Cosmic Troubadour. Billy 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, has lead bass clinics all around the world and has hosted seminars at the famous Berklee College of Music. As Mr.Big is still huge in Japan, the band embarked on a recent reunion tour of both Japan and the United States. Billy is also featured on the newest Mr.Big Album, What If... Billy is currently a member of The Winery Dogs, alongside Richie Kotzen and Mike Portney.

Billy Sheehan on his Hartke Rig Part 1

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  • Billy Sheehan on his Hartke Rig  Part 1

    Billy Sheehan on his Hartke Rig Part 1

  • Billy Sheehan and his Hartke HA5500

    Billy Sheehan and his Hartke HA5500

  • Billy Sheehan Hartke Bass Clinic at Guitar Center NYC

    Billy Sheehan Hartke Bass Clinic at Guitar Center ...

  • Billy Sheehan and his Hartke AK115

    Billy Sheehan and his Hartke AK115

  • Billy Sheehan and his Hartke AK410

    Billy Sheehan and his Hartke AK410

  • Billy Sheehan and the Hartke LH1000

    Billy Sheehan and the Hartke LH1000

  • BIlly Sheehan explains the back panels of the LH1000 and HA5500

    BIlly Sheehan explains the back panels of the ...

  • Billy Sheehan at B.B. King's in New York City

    Billy Sheehan at B.B. King's in New York ...

  • Billy Sheehan talks about Hartke

    Billy Sheehan talks about Hartke