Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan ( born March 19, 1953 in Buffalo, New York) is an American bassist.

It all started for bassist Sheehan everything with the band Talas from Buffalo. However, he gained in the band of former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth, where he played with Steve Vai together, he also accompanied on the G3 tours first commercial success. But also established with the Mr. Big Combo, 1989 dealt with Paul Gilbert, he played out in public. Mr. Big celebrated among others, the number 1 hit " To Be With You" and the Cat Stevens cover " Wild World " with great success. Since 2001, he also released solo albums, beginning with his work Compression. Among other things, he still acts in the band with niacin and helped with other musicians such as Terry Bozzio, Greg Howe and many more. from.

Sheehan is a technically highly accomplished player who was selected including five times for " Best Rock Bass Player" in Guitar Player Magazine and also in the bass community enjoys the greatest respect. When the Two -Hand Tapping was publicly known by Eddie Van Halen, Sheehan made ​​an important contribution to establish this technique on the bass. Sheehan is among other reasons, often called "the Eddie Van Halen of the bass".

The company Yamaha offers two Billy Sheehan signature models. The Attitude Ltd. II is characterized mainly by the possibility to tap the signals of the two pickups separately.

Billy Sheehan is a member of the Church of Scientology since 1971.



David Lee Roth

Mr. Big


  • 2003 - Rockin ' in the Free World ( CD) / Live in Denver ( DVD)
  • 2005 - Live in Tokyo (CD / DVD)



  • 2001 - Compression
  • 2005 - Cosmic Troubadour
  • 2006 - Prime Cuts
  • 2009 - Holy Cow

The Winery Dogs

  • 2013 - The Winery Dogs