Billy Sheehan

Mr. Big

BIOGRAPHY

Billy Sheehan has played bass on dozens of records and toured all over the world for over 5 decades. His unique and original style of playing and tone has been celebrated and documented everywhere. His playing, singing, songwriting, and contributions to his many recordings have resulted in millions of records sold, Platinum and Gold status worldwide, Reader’s Poll Awards too many to list, Number #1 hits, Number #1 Video’s, sold-out shows globally, and most importantly the mutual love, friendship and respect between himself and many millions of fans around the globe. Starting in his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the early ’70’s with the now legendary hard rock trio Talas, he went on to join David Lee Roth in the summer of ’85 when Dave quit Van Halen to go out on his own. Along with Steve Vai & Gregg Bissonette, the legendary Eat ‘Em and Smile record and tour went on to platinum status and sold out shows everywhere. Leaving in 1987 to start his own new band, he founded Mr. Big, who went on to achieve a number one hit in fourteen countries, staying number 1 in the USA BillBoard charts for 3 solid weeks. Along with Mr. Big members Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey, they recorded and toured the world for a decade more, till disbanding in 2002. During that time, he found time to start “Niacin” a fusion/blues trio based around the Hammond B3 sound that featured drummer Dennis Chambers. He also rejoined his old bandmate Steve Vai for several tours as well as Steve’s “Real Illusions” record and tour. After he released several solo records and much more, Mr. Big reunited in 2009 and performed a sold-out world tour, and then recorded “What If…” in 2011…to rave reviews and another sold-out world tour. Most recently Billy joined Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen to form “: The Winery Dogs”. Their first release in July of 2013 entered the BillBoard Top 200 Albums at #27…and has been received everywhere with spectacular reviews and sold-out shows. Other new projects include “The Sons of Apollo” with Dream Theater's Derek Sherinian and Mike Portnoy, along w ex Guns & Roses guitarist Ron “BumbleFoot” Thal, and singer Jeff Scott Soto, and another new band” The Fell” which features members of Smashmouth and actor/singer Anthony De La Torre. With his history of live performances and/or recordings with Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, Steve Vai, The Winery Dogs, and now The Fell and Sons of Apollo, he has had a huge and undeniable influence on modern bass playing, bass gear, and performance that has spread all over the globe, and will continue for many years to come.

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Gear

 

Helix Rack

Helix™ is not only a tour-grade multi-effect for your rack that sounds and feels authentic, it's also the heart of the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built, and is designed to integrate perfectly with Helix Control.

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Helix Control

A powerful foot controller that brings touch sensitive footswitches, display capabilities, and additional functionality to Helix Rack.

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Relay G90

12-channel rack-mountable system. Wired tone, uncompromising dependability and simple operation.

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Relay G75

Relay G75 gives you next-generation wireless performance and hands-free support for multiple instruments, building on the proven Line 6 digital wireless platform. Relay G75 comes in an amp-top form that supports an optional footswitch, sold separately.

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Helix

Helix™ is a new kind of guitar floor-based processor: it’s not only a tour-grade multi-effect pedal that sounds and feels authentic, it's also the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built.

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Helix LT

The Helix® LT guitar processor features the same advanced HX Modeling technology found in Helix Floor and Helix Rack. With a streamlined I/O compliment and hardware configuration, Helix LT delivers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and control in its class.

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